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TAS Country : March 10th 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011 Tasmanian Country 9 News PROOF POSITIVE: Dick Shaw shows a tree laden with fruit. Pictures: KAROLIN MacGREGOR Unlikely fruit a cool crop The avocados can get sun damage and prefer a position with some shade, especially during the warmer months. The Shaws supply a few select greengrocer stores and have several regular local buyers. Mr Shaw said the Tasmanian-grown avocados seemed to have a more creamy taste than those grown in warmer areas. ''We've had people who say they don't like them, but once they start eating ours they become avocado experts,'' he said Once avocados were established, frosts did not seem to worry the trees much. Unlike many other fruits, if an avocado skin gets damaged it will heal. ''I suppose because the fruit is on the trees for so long, it is more vulnerable to things like wind damage, but the skin has the ability to heal which means the actual fruit is not affected,'' he said. Mr Shaw said avocados should not be placed in the refrigerator until they were perfectly ripe, because chilling interrupted the ripening process. Possums are the only pests affecting the trees. See alpacas from around the State. Ranelagh Show Grounds Sunday, 20th March 2011 10.00am - 3.00pm Information sessions 11.00am and 1.00pm Displays of craft activity throughout the day. Alpacas, fleece, yarn, garments & craft for sale. More information? Go to http://tas.alpaca.asn.au or phone Henni on 6264 2628 ALPACA MARKET DAY FIND THE ALPACA THAT S RIGHT FOR YOU 2037745-110311
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