Know Your Avocado: The Gwen Avocado

by Avocado Buddy
How to Identify Gwen Avocados

How to identify a Gwen avocados

Gwen avocados have pebbly skin that stays green even when they ripen. Their shape is oval and plump, which can help you tell the difference between Gwen and Hass avocados, which are pear-shaped. The seed is small to medium in size, and the flesh is golden in color. They taste nutty and contain plenty of oil.

Where to find Gwen Avocados?

The Gwen avocado is a descendant of Hass avocado and thus not a completely new variety. The Gwen avocado trees are highly productive, producing twice as much fruit as the typical avocado tree. If you wish to try a Gwen avocado, bear in mind that it is chiefly available during summer.

The key difference between the two is their color. When a Hass avocado ripens, its skin turns nearly black. Meanwhile, the skin of a Gwen avocado stays green, even when it’s ripe. The skin is also easy to peel off. 

Gwen avocados are also rounder and bigger than Hass avocados; Hass avocados have a pear-like shape, while Gwen avocados are oval and plump. Gwen avocados range between 6 and 15 ounces.

The skin is thick and pebbly, and the seed is small to medium in size. The flesh is a beautiful golden color, which turns green close to the skin. It also oxidizes slowly, which means that the flesh will turn brown at a slower rate than some other varieties of avocado.

Gwen avocados taste somewhat similar to Hass avocados as well. They have a remarkable nutty flavor and buttery texture. The rich flavor is due to the amount of oil this variety contains – Gwen avocados rank among the highest in oil content.

Because of their similarity in taste, Gwen avocados can be used as substitutes for Hass avocados. If you want to give it a go and try some Gwen avocado recipes, you can find them here.

Since it is high in fat content, you might find the Gwen avocado more suitable for recipes that call for mushed or pureéd avocados rather than sliced ones. It can be challenging to find a Gwen firm enough to be sliced neatly.

A great benefit to its use in this form is the beautiful yellow color we already mentioned and the fact that is not as prone to oxidizing as a Hass. On a regular basis, it might not matter much, but it makes for a great presentation.

Step-by-step Identification


His color stays green even when ripe.


Very pebbled, almost as much as a Hass.


Rounded or oval.


Golden yellow and greenish towards the edges.


Soft and buttery with a pronounced nutty flavor.


Avocados are full of healthy fats that protect your heart and fight inflammation. They are high in fiber and are highly nutritious, containing potassium, folate, and vitamins C, K, and E. Avocados also contain zeaxanthin and lutein, antioxidants which lower your risk of cataracts, AMD and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. 

With so many benefits and delicious recipes just waiting for you to try them, why not try out Gwen avocados! Your body will thank you for adding the powerful green fruit to your diet.

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