Malama is a new,
high quality, fall-ripening avocado cultivar developed by the Department
of Horticulture, University of Hawaii. It is a Guatemalan race hybrid
seedling grown from an open-pollinated seedling of unknown origin at the
Malama-Ki experimental farm. Trees tend to be spreading, especially
when carrying a heavy crop. Leaves are light green when young, turning
dark green when mature. The usual ripening period is October.
The flowers are B type (Female in afternoon opening, Male when they reopen
the following morning.) Fruits are oblong with smooth, leathery skin
that turns purple at maturity and weighs about 1.1-1.5 lb. The skin
is pliable and peels easily from the flesh. The flavor is rich and
nutty, and the oil content is more than 20 percent. The texture of
the flesh is smooth and without fiber.
This Avocado is an A flower (Female in Morning opening, Male in Afternoon opening. Pollination is primarily by bees and the fruit comes ripe from Dec. to April.
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