Slimcado Information – Good and Bad

What is a Slimcado?

A few months back, I starting seeing a larger and lighter green avocado in my Lowe’s Food supermarket. It was called a “slimcado” and was marketed as having 35% fewer calories and 50% less fat.

For those people who count calories or are concerned with fat intake, this 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 this slimcado to see what it tasted like and I have to admit that I like it. (I’ve heard many people say “no thanks, I’ll take a Haas avocado any day of the week.)

The slimcado is a West Indian variety of avocado that is grown in Florida and used to be 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 Slimcado looks somewhat like a cross between a huge goose egg and an funny colored and smooth avocado.  The size is something else when you compare it to a normal Haas avocado.

Florida Avocado vs Haas avocado.

On the left: Florida (Slimcado) avocado
On the right: Haas avocado.

Slimcados are quite heavy and large. I often get one that is 6 inches or so long and quite round. They can actually grow up to about two pounds.  The fruit has a glossy green skin and has the shape of the Haas avocados but is much bigger.

Slimcado - 35% less calories and half the fat.

Slimcados do have 35% less calories and 50% less fat than Haas avocados, but still have good nutrient content. They are a very good source of vitamin E, fiber, B-vitamins, potassium, zinc, and monounsaturated fat.

Slimcado label

As far as flavor goes, I find them much sweeter than Haas 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.

Pros and cons:

Taste:  those who love the full fat flavor of a Haas avocado will complain about the taste of the slimcado.   I personally like the sweetness of it.

Uses:  The two avocados could be used in varying ways.  Slimcados might satisfy you in smoothies, but for guacamole, you may prefer the Haas avocado.

Dieters:  Will love it for the calorie savings, but you can use half the amount of the traditional avocado which may still satisfy, since it is richer.

Keep ability.  I often cut open Haas avocados and find they have gone discolored inside.  I’ve never had that with a slimcado, so it wins this category for me, hands down.

Price:  Most grocery stores have sales on the Haas 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.

Texture.  Slimcados seem to hold their shape better when cut into chunks or slices, so are good in salads.

Calorie accuracy.  Yes it is true that the avocado has fewer calories and half the fat but it is also twice the size, so 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 Haas avocado.

Have you tried the slimcado? What did you think?  Is it good? Horrible? What say you?

 

 

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  79 comments for “Slimcado Information – Good and Bad

  1. paul
    12/06/2013 at 9:52 pm

    i hate them

    • admin
      12/06/2013 at 10:33 pm

      When I shared this on my Facebook page, I had similar comments from the fans of the page. I actually don’t mind them but there is nothing like the other avocados. Carol

      • Sandra
        07/13/2019 at 1:27 pm

        The Publix I work at has them at 2 for $3.00 this week!!!

        • Carol
          07/13/2019 at 3:34 pm

          That is a great price!

        • Lucy
          07/24/2019 at 10:40 am

          I got one and it was delicious!

    • Christi
      03/29/2015 at 9:31 am

      I like avocados, but I LOVE the FLorida avocado!!! It is SO-O creamy — I eat like candy, literally — on eggs, salads, … and just plain cut up. Now THAT is an avocado! The Florida avocado is delicious in my book!

      • admin
        03/29/2015 at 11:32 am

        Hi Christi. I love them too. They are hard to find at my stores here in NC. Mostly they have the Haas varieties.(love them too!) To me, they are quite different but both still good. Carol

        • Elaine
          06/22/2017 at 1:43 pm

          I just tried my first one. Delicious! HOWEVER…..am doing a ketogenic diet and they are way more carbs than the Haas avacado….so I guess this will be my only one. 🙁

          • Carol
            06/22/2017 at 9:21 pm

            Hi Elaine. I just had a look at the nutritional info. The Haas has 9 grams of carbs with 7 fiber and the slimcado has 8 grams of carbs with 6 fiber. This is for a 3.5 oz serving. So, my understanding is that the Haas is slightly higher in carbs. Carol

        • Valerie
          08/08/2019 at 12:44 pm

          I find them in NC at the Harris Teeter. And typically they are the exact same price as the much smaller Haas variety. I love them!

      • Tina
        08/18/2015 at 4:06 pm

        I tried my first slimcado today. When I sliced it in half I noticed the entire inside was brown. I am making guacamole so I wanted it ripe but does the color indicate it is too ripe? How do I tell if it is spoiled? Thank you for the help. Tina

        • admin
          08/18/2015 at 5:38 pm

          Hi Tina. Yes it sounds like you got a very ripe one. Normally when I slice them, they are very green inside. Carol

    • linda
      07/15/2017 at 9:23 pm

      In contrast…I love them!! Omgsh can slice and eat them like a melon!!

    • Sylvia Frenette
      01/11/2018 at 1:15 pm

      I bought 2…never heard of them. Tried to Make guacamole, the were impossible to mash. Way too sweet. No thank you!!!!

      • Carol
        01/11/2018 at 3:02 pm

        Yes, they are quite sweet. I use them mainly as an accompaniment in slices, or in sandwiches. Carol

  2. Cher
    12/09/2013 at 2:16 pm

    I love them… but I don’t like Hass avocados, so that may explain why. I live in Florida and have always preferred Florida avocados for the creamy, sweetness they have. I eat half of one most days with a little lime juice and salt. Perfect mid-day snack. 🙂

    • admin
      12/09/2013 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Cher,

      I love them for the lower calories and also the sweet taste. It is amazing how many people don’t care for them.
      Carol

  3. Grammy Of 2
    01/21/2014 at 4:20 pm

    I never had an avocado until 2013 when I started dieting. My grocer sells both the Haas and Florida varieties. I thought the Florida variety looked more appealing and the are cheaper in my area. I use them in sandwiches but have kept thinking, “what do people see in these things, they have no taste?” My last trip to the store, there was one labeled SlimCado. “I’m looking this up on the internet!” Boy am I looking forward to trying a Haas. Will I’ll find the flavor I’ve been missing or stay with the SlimCado? TBD

    • admin
      01/23/2014 at 10:52 am

      There is no comparison. You are in for a treat! Carol

      • PC in FL
        07/26/2019 at 11:05 pm

        I’ve been in Florida for almost 40 years and my first avocados were Florida avocados from backyard trees. They varied in flavor, but all were good. Had a neighbor whose tree produced some exceptional fruit. Then, moving up from South Florida where it was warmer without freezes to kill the trees, I moved to Central Florida where the Mexican or California Haas avocados grew and didn’t like them as well. I would buy the Florida ones in the stores. After some years, the Slimcado showed up as a third choice and I thought it was the worst of the 3. I’ve understood it to be a low fat, bland variety of Florida avocado and that not all Florida avocados are this. Maybe that’s why some people love the large ones–they are not Haas but also not Slimcados?

        • Carol
          07/27/2019 at 10:05 am

          I think people’s opinion of the slimcados depends a lot on much much they enjoy the flavor of Hass. To me, a slimcado is a diet aid. It gives SOME avocado flavor but a lot less calories.

  4. Raleigh Girl
    02/21/2014 at 12:40 pm

    I’m actually eating my first SlimCado as I type! I love the Haas Avocado fur it’s smooth, buttery taste, I actually spread it on toast for breakfast. I found the SlimCado to be sweeter and taste more like a fruit, definitely more watery. The SlimCado is nice for a change but I prefer the richness of the Haas.

    • admin
      02/21/2014 at 1:39 pm

      I feel the same way. The slimcado is one of those things that I buy on weeks when I feel like eating less calories but when I still want the taste.

      Carol

    • cookie balcom
      10/18/2014 at 12:11 am

      I’m feeling really let down right now..:-(.new house..just planted winter flowers out front and thought to myself “i can’t wait to relax with my favorite comfort food”only to find out that i should have bought the richer one.DARN.

      • admin
        10/18/2014 at 10:14 am

        Hi Cookie. Yes, It is a sort of watered down version of the Haas avocado. Good for diets but the rich one tests better, I agree. Carol

  5. Kathy
    02/23/2014 at 3:28 pm

    I bought both types today. If you treat the slimcado with lime or lemon, can it keep overnight in the fridge ?

    • admin
      02/23/2014 at 6:25 pm

      HI Kathy,

      My experience has been that lime will help but over night might be a tall order. Leave the pit in and it helps to keep the middle from going brown.

      Carol

  6. Linda Janssen
    05/16/2014 at 6:29 pm

    Is this a GMO product?

  7. Cat
    08/11/2014 at 11:45 am

    I just bought a slimcado and used it in my smoothie. Very good. I like them better than those little ugly ones.

    • admin
      08/11/2014 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Cat. What a good idea! I’ve never thought of using them in a smoothie. That would make it so much lower in calories too. Carol

  8. Michael
    08/12/2014 at 8:03 pm

    Well, to each their own. I just can’t get the hang of these Florida avocados – from the time I first tried them in the ’80s to the one my wife bought the other day, now marketed as slimcados. I do believe the organic Hass / alligator avocados have a better flavor than non-organic but either will do in my favorite sandwich – R U ready for the Micha. Take a rice cake, can be plain or salted, fill crannies with mayonnaise. (Summertime is best because tomatoes are worth eating) Add a thick slice. Cut a ripe Hass into half inch thick slices. Use one slice per sandwich. Now for the special taste that makes this sandwich pop – Spike by Gayelord Hauser. Sprinkle generously. Careful Spike is a little salty. I just don’t thick slimcados would work as a substitute. Also the sandwich can be eater open-face.
    If this sandwich works for you, call it a Micha.

    • admin
      08/12/2014 at 9:37 pm

      hi Michael. I do agree that the Haas avocadoes have much more flavor. The Slimcados are much much milder. That Micha sounds wonderful! Carol

  9. 08/16/2014 at 4:10 pm

    My name is Chris Tucker, and I live in Tampa Florida, and to me, it is not even close. The Haas Avocado wins the flavor test. To me, the Florida Avocado don’t even taste like an Avocado. I can not eat them by themselves, yet I can easily gobble down 2 Haas Avocado’s at a sitting. IMHO, Haas Avocado’s have flavor and texture that send me through the roof. I have to pay more for them, since Florida Avocado’s are grown right here in the Tampa area. I always lick my plate clean when I have a Haas Avocado, and love to get every last bit out of the skin. I only can wish they start to grow the Haas here in Florida some day, so I can afford them all the time. I think I will ask the Hillsborough County Agriculture Service here in Tampa, If the Haas can be grown here. If so, I would make a clean break, and never buy a Florida one again.

  10. Ellie
    09/09/2014 at 7:07 pm

    I much prefer the classic Haas or orig avocados, Slims just taste kind of off and I don’t care for their consistency.

    • admin
      09/09/2014 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Ellie. They do taste quite different for sure. Normally I purchase the Haas but do a Florida one when I am in the mood to count calories. Carol

  11. ellie
    09/12/2014 at 1:04 am

    hi Admin., to save the slims I basically make an herb and spicy guac of them. I did slice open one a while ago and it had oxidized, prob. bec. it was in the market too long! But I’ve always considered orig. breed cados to have the good fats, not ones to be shirked away.

    • admin
      09/12/2014 at 1:07 am

      Hi Ellie. I gain weight very easily so I try to limit all fats but I do admit that avocados are considered a good fat. Carol

  12. pat nelson
    09/26/2014 at 4:35 pm

    I have friends who have avocado trees in Florida and they are the most delicious things you can eat sliced and served on Doritos or sandwiches. I bought a slimcado at the store expecting it to taste the same and it was terrible. I am not sure why as they looked the same. I won’t buy one again if it says slimcado on it. I have no idea what variety the friends trees are but they beat a Haas avocado hands down sliced and served plain. Guacamole is better with the Haas but I can’t eat them sliced plain!

  13. Tony Cipolone
    09/26/2014 at 6:29 pm

    I just bought one 2 days ago and it is still hard as a rock! Should I let it ripen a little more? I don’t want to cut it yet until I hear from somebody. The other dark ones that are smaller tend to ripen faster.

    • admin
      09/26/2014 at 9:37 pm

      That is interesting Tony. Perhaps it is the fact that they pick them when they are no where near ripe for transportation and they just don’t develop the flavor? Carol

    • jillian
      08/14/2015 at 9:02 pm

      place avocado in a paper bag..check daily..they ripen very fast this way

      • admin
        08/14/2015 at 9:10 pm

        Great tip Jillian. Thanks for sharing it. Carol

  14. Oberon
    10/25/2014 at 2:44 am

    I love avocados, and recently tried the slimcado. They are good, but not as full-flavored and buttery as the Haas variety. But I like them for their differences, they are just as juicy as a piece of fruit! I haven’t tried them in guacamole yet, and I’m not sure they will serve due to their higher level of moisture. I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to my guac, using just avocado, white pepper, salt, and lemon juice. No garlic or tomato or onion will ever despoil my guac! Anyway, the slimcado is fine plain, or sliced on a salad. That’s all I’ve done with them so far. Prices in my area (D.C. metro) are comparable, it’s about $1 for a Haas and $1.25 for the slimcado, which is so much bigger that it’s either the same or very close. The slimcado might be a bit cheaper pound for pound.

    I found this site while Goggling the slimcado, expecting to find that it’s a new hybrid variety since I just started seeing them in stored this year. I was surprised to learn that it’s just a different variety from a different region, especially since Florida is so much closer to D.C. than California.

    • admin
      10/25/2014 at 10:27 am

      Hi Oberon. I use slimcados much like you do, plain or on a salad or sandwich but guacamole is always made with the Haas type. Thanks for your comments. Carol

  15. mimsie
    11/10/2014 at 7:28 pm

    I tried my first Slimcado today and after one bite I threw it away. Maybe it wasn’t quite ripe, though it did cut in half easily. No flavor at all compared to the Hass.

    • admin
      11/10/2014 at 10:22 pm

      HI Mimsie. It was ripe. Slimcados have much less in the way of flavor. Far less calories, so it is a trade off.

      Carol

  16. Gwen Burgess
    12/29/2014 at 2:24 pm

    I like the Slimcado. It last longer, less fat, and the taste is OK with me. I cut slices for “snacks” during the day. I am trying to grow one. Wish me luck?

    • admin
      12/29/2014 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Gwen. I have a friend who grows all sorts of avocados from pits. None of them produce fruit though. I think you need grafted avocado plants for that to happen if I am not mistaken.
      Carol

  17. Kh
    01/17/2015 at 11:26 am

    They are horrible! I I think I’m going to vomit

    • admin
      01/17/2015 at 11:53 am

      Hi Kimberly, I guess it is safe to say you like the Haas avocado more! LOL Carol

  18. 03/03/2015 at 4:27 pm

    I hated them at first but liked it alright when I got it a second time. I think the biggest problem is that people don’t let them ripen enough. I let mine sit for a few days the second time around and I thought they tasted pretty good. I am trying to make a switch since of the draughts in California, and I live closer to Florida than California. It tasted great in a smoothie and I think it worked better in the sushi I made since it was firmer.

    • admin
      03/03/2015 at 6:01 pm

      I really don’t mind them at all. It always surprises me that people really hate them. Carol

  19. Faye
    07/06/2015 at 2:23 pm

    I bought a green avocado, hass and a slimcado to do a taste test. Hass has a down to earth nutty flavor,
    greenavocado has a bright pleasant creamy taste, slimcado has a bitter metalic taste. Hands down green avocado wins, it tastes wonderful in salads and guacamole and snacking in its own. I bought a slimcado 6 months later to see if I was it tastes the same or I had an off day,mind you i haven’t had an avocado in 6 months, so, my tastebuds are clear. I still don’t like slimcado, it still has a bitter metalic taste. At least I tried a couple of times.
    I know there are several different species of avocado, so I’ll wait for the other avocado.

    • admin
      07/06/2015 at 2:39 pm

      Hi Faye. That is interesting to know. I have tried slimcados many times and have not noticed a metallic taste. I find them sort of a watered down version of a Haas. I wonder if different brands of them taste differently?
      Carol

      • Faye
        07/11/2015 at 8:11 pm

        Hi Carol,

        I snacked green Avocado the other day and it had a cool creamy pleasant refreshing taste. I can’t remember the name, but Winn Dixie had them, not sure how long they’ll last till they get the dreaded slimcados.
        There are 1,000 varieties of Avocado, but most likely you’ll find Hass at your grocers which is grown in tremendous quantities in California and throughout Latin America.
        I’m not sure if it is Reed or Gwen variety, they’re both green skin and good taste.
        Everyone’s taste is different, what may taste good to one person may taste terrible to another. So, I say “To each his own”
        Have a Happy Avocado adventure.

        • admin
          07/11/2015 at 10:24 pm

          Hi Faye. I saw Slimcados the other day when shopping. First time in months! Carol

  20. IMP
    07/09/2015 at 9:17 pm

    I think the Slimcado is delicious. I also like the Haas. I find the Haas to be more spreadable if you are using it on a sandwich or mashing it for guacamole. I recommend the Slimcado for smoothies and salads because as you said in your “Texture” comment, it stays firm when cut or diced.

    • admin
      07/09/2015 at 9:34 pm

      I feel sort of the same way about them. In fact, today, when shopping I bought 2 Haas and one slimcado. I use them in very different ways but enjoy them both. Carol

  21. NJmom77
    07/14/2015 at 5:42 pm

    Bland and watery. I don’t recommend them for guacamole, that’s for sure. I don’t plan to buy any more of them.

    • admin
      07/14/2015 at 5:57 pm

      Hi. I would also not use them in guacamole. For me, a slimcado is purely for those watching calories who want somewhat of an avocado taste. But you can beat the Haas for flavor. Carol

  22. Greekgirrrl
    07/17/2015 at 7:39 pm

    Florida avocados just don’t cut it for me. Tried one for the first time today…..it was very watery…..almost slimy and hardly any taste. I definitely prefer the Haas. Thanks for your article!

    • admin
      07/18/2015 at 10:58 am

      HI. Yes, I agree, if you are going for flavor, you can’t beat the Haas. Carol

  23. amy esselborn
    10/05/2015 at 3:46 pm

    I bought one at Kroger thinking I had hit the jackpot! It was disgusting. No flavor.

    • admin
      10/05/2015 at 7:39 pm

      HI Amy. LOL. They can be a surprise if you are looking for the Haas taste!

  24. Theresa
    10/06/2015 at 3:28 pm

    Tried my first Slimcado yesterday. I took a quarter of it, mashed it with fork and added a little ground pepper, roasted garlic (dry, from the spice section of your local grocery), and ground red pepper. Perfect on toast! I do prefer the Haas, but this will be a good substitute in some recipes.

    • admin
      10/06/2015 at 4:44 pm

      I prefer the Haas too, but the Slimcado really has so many less calories, so I use them too. Your recipe sounds great!

  25. virginia
    08/17/2016 at 9:44 pm

    like them, add a little on salad and even tastes fresher and i agree, they are sweeter

  26. Jill
    09/18/2016 at 5:06 am

    I have loved avocados since I moved to So California in the’70’s. My sister has an avocados grove. I lived in Scotland for a year ’76 – ’76. The avocados were imported from Israel. Those avid were The best tasting.g I have ever tasted! Yes, even better than the ones my sister grows. :’)

  27. Stephanie
    02/01/2017 at 2:16 pm

    I love avocados, and I really love Slimcados. They keep better, taste sweeter, and go everywhere a haas can go. Nothing but love for these babies!

    • Carol
      02/01/2017 at 8:06 pm

      Hi Stephanie. I like them too. We are outnumbered but the lower calorie count is a big plus with me. Carol

  28. Bonnie
    06/11/2017 at 8:52 pm

    I live Florida avocados I just recently found out that the Slimcado is the new name for it. I much prefer Slimcados over Haas. I was never a fan of avocado when I will introduced first to the Haas.

    • Carol
      06/11/2017 at 10:06 pm

      Hi Bonnie. I like them both. I find the Florida slimcado much milder though. Carol

  29. Marg
    08/16/2017 at 11:00 pm

    I love both! The slimcado is wonderful in smoothies , Brazilian avacado cream (dessert) great with a spinach and strawberry salad etc..noting that they are a bitsweeter I adjust my usage to suit. The creamy texture is amazing too.

    • Carol
      08/16/2017 at 11:07 pm

      Great ideas for using them Marg!

  30. Sally M
    02/17/2018 at 8:55 pm

    Just had my first Slimcado last week. It was delicious! I’m so glad I didn’t read reviews before I tried it, or I might have missed out on a real yummy ‘cado!
    I didn’t find it a bit bland, stringy, or watery, but I did notice how well the chunks held their shape.
    The guacamole we made with the leftovers was to die for!

    • Carol
      02/17/2018 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Sally. I feel much the same way. It always surprises me when readers really don’t like them, but each to his own taste! Carol

  31. Marcia
    07/17/2018 at 1:08 pm

    After hearing a friend say how much she enjoyed the slimcado, I had to try one.
    Once was more than enough for me to decide never again! At $2.49 you can keep them. It has a watery, barely avocado flavor, texture is ok but not creamy like a Hass.
    To each there own.

    • Carol
      07/18/2018 at 7:48 pm

      Many times people love them mainly for their lower calorie count. They do have less flavor than a Hass for sure! Carol

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