A few months back, I starting seeing a Florida avocado – a larger green skin avocado in my local supermarket called a “Slimcado.” It was marketed as having 35% fewer calories and 50% less fat than a Hass avocado.
For those people who count calories or are concerned with fat intake, this Florida light green skin avocado seems like a dream come true. But is it? After all , the fat in avocados is considered to be a good fat and we do need some fat in our diet.
I bought a Slimcado to see what it tasted like and I have to admit that I enjoyed it. (I’ve heard many people say “no thanks, I’ll take a Hass avocado any day of the week.) However, there are some benefits to a Florida avocado.
The Slimcado is a West Indian variety of avocado that is grown in Florida and is often simply called a Florida avocado. I’m sure the marketing board decided that touting the low fat and lower calorie content would make it sell better, and this is probably true.
At first glance the green skin avocado looks somewhat like a cross between a huge goose egg and a funny colored and smooth avocado. The size is something else when you compare it to a normal Hass avocado.
Keep reading to find out more about the Slimcado and to learn the differences between the two types of avocado.
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What is a Slimcado?
Slimcados are the brand name of a Florida avocado. They are quite heavy and large. I often get one that is 6 inches or so long and quite round at one end with a tapered top.
They can actually grow up to about two pounds. The fruit has a glossy green skin and has a shape similar to the Hass avocados.
A Florida avocado with the green light skin is grown grown in very humid climates, not dry climates like the California avocado.
Slimcados do have 35% less calories and 50% less fat than Hass avocados, but still have good nutrient content. They are a very good source of vitamin E, fiber, B-vitamins, potassium, zinc, and monounsaturated fat.
As far as flavor goes, I find them much sweeter than Hass avocados, but I actually enjoy that change. They seem, to me, to have a higher water content and that may account for the fat and calorie deficit.
Florida avocado (Slimcado) vs Hass avocado
Most of the avocados we are bought in the USA are Hass avocados from California and Mexico, which are often labeled California avocados.
But the large Florida avocado is growing in popularities.
Even though California and Florida avocados are different varieties of the same fruit, they have different flavors, textures and applications. There are advantages to each type of avocado, as well as disadvantages. Here are the differences between the two.
Florida avocado vs Hass avocado – How do they taste?
Those who love the full fat flavor of a Hass avocado will complain often about the Slimcado taste. I personally like the sweetness of it, but prefer the richness of a Hass.
The green skin avocados have a lighter tasting flesh with a sweet, buttery taste. Some varieties even taste somewhat nutty.
A Slimcado is often described as having a “neutral” taste – almost like a diluted version of a normal California avocado.
The flavor of a Slimcado is milder than a Hass avocado, which is much more rich tasting due to the fat content.
Florida avocados and California avocados – skin type and pits
The skin of a Florida avocado, or Slimcado, is smooth and light green in color. It has a very large pit which makes the outer shape more pronounced on the large end.
The Hass avocado has dark green–colored, bumpy skin with a much smaller pit. This can give the avocado a more rounded look.
The Florida avocado has a fibrous flesh compared to the Hass avocado.
Uses of Florida and California avocados:
The two avocados could be used in varying ways. Slimcados might satisfy you in smoothies, but for guacamole, you may prefer to use a Hass avocado.
The richness of the fruit in a Hass avocado makes it easier to mash it.
For those interested in watching their calorie intake, using a Slimcado avocado means you can use more than the traditional California avocado for the same calorie count. So if volume on a plate is your interest, the Slimcado wins every time.
The Slimcado avocados seem to hold their shape better than California avocados when cut into chunks or slices, so they are good in salads and sandwiches.
In short, when you want the rich creaminess of an avocado, the Florida avocado or Slimcado probably won’t satisfy you. But if you a looking for a way to cut calories and fat and for the avocado to retain its shape then the Slimcado will work just fine.
How long do avocados keep?
A common question with readers is “when is a Slimcado ripe?”
Both types of avocados will turn black quickly when over-ripe, or when the flesh is exposed to air. The skin of a Slimcado remains green even when ripe, whereas a Hass avocado gets darker skin as it ripens.
Keep whole avocados on the counter, not in the fridge to let them ripen more quickly. Once they have been cut, it’s fine to refrigerate them.
It can be difficult to know how ripe a Slimcado is. Light pressure can be used to determine this – the Florida avocado yields to gentle pressure when ripe. Unripe Slimcados are often rock hard.
Due to its larger size, a Florida avocado won’t last as long as a California avocado will. Once cut open, be sure to use either type of avocado quickly.
Florida avocados and California avocados – prices
Avocado prices have really risen in in recent years by as much as up to 129%. The average national price of a single Hass avocado can cost $2-3. However, many grocery stores have sales on the Hass avocados. I can sometimes get them for $1 each.
The Florida type varies but is at least $1.99. But it IS a lot bigger, so that is a wash.
Calories of Florida avocado and Hass avocado – Slimcado nutrition facts
How many calories in a Florida avocado? About 28% less than a Hass avocado!
The Slimcado avocado has fewer calories and half the fat but it is also twice the size.
However, one must be careful when considering Slimcado calories. Don’t think that you can eat the whole thing, or the deficit won’t do you a bit of good, and you will have not had the flavor of a Hass avocado.
One of the reasons for the difference in calories is that a Florida avocado has a much higher water content than a California variety. However, more water can mean diluted flavor.
Also, keep in mind that we do need some fat in our diets. The fat in a California avocado is rich in monounsaturated and oleic fatty acids, which helps to control abdominal fat.
Here is the nutritional breakdown for a similar size of Slimcado vs Hass avocado.
Have you tried the Slimcado? What did you think? Is it good? Horrible? What say you? Please let us know in the comments below.
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My preference is taste is the Hass avocado. Here is a recipe for guacamole using California avocados that your party guests are sure to love!
This recipe for guacamole is the great way to start a party. It is super easy to make and everyone will love to dig in. Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.
Best Ever Guacamole Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 191mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
Admin note: this post about Florida avocados first appeared on the blog in July of 2013. I have updated the post to add all new photos, and a video for you to enjoy.
This recipe for guacamole is the great way to start a party. It is super easy to make and everyone will love to dig in.
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.
Thursday 6th of October 2022
3 tablespoons of Cilantro? Surely you gest? I cannot stand even the minutest bit. It overpowers EVERYTHING.
Saturday 8th of October 2022
Fresh herbs are always used at a ratio of 3 to 1 dried. Some people love the taste of cilantro and others hate it. Feel free to use less in the recipe.
Wednesday 23rd of June 2021
I found them tasteless and watery and turned brown immediately after I cut it! No thanks!
Wednesday 3rd of March 2021
Horrid! The only reason I have one in the house was my Hubs bought it when the regular avocados were sold out. Rather do without than get another slimcado.
Friday 10th of January 2020
Hmm. Just bought a Slimcado with the idea of making guacamole. Sounds like that is not the best use for this type of avocado. Darn. 😟
Saturday 11th of January 2020
Hi Robin. You can certainly use it for guacamole. It will just be a lighter version of the original made with a Haas avocado.
Saturday 21st of December 2019
I love Haas avocadoes; I eat them all the time, but when I discovered the Slimcado, and the price was right, I bought several. Wow! They are delicious! Flesh is medium-soft, smooth, and light green. Definitely tastes sweeter than Haas l, so I don’t think Slimcado would taste right in guacamole, but for my garden salad and for just eating straight, it’s is wonderful!
Sunday 22nd of December 2019
That's the way I use them too. I also save my hass for guacamole.