Costa is a leading avocado grower and marketer within Australia. Growing avocados in Childers and the Atherton region, Queensland, North New South Wales region and the Riverland, South Australia.
We also market Hass, Shepard and Maluma avocados along with other unique varieties.
Costa and its suppliers use an ever-growing range of techniques in mainstream orchards to produce bountiful crops of this appealing fruit.
The soft flesh of avocados is incredibly versatile. It is delicious eaten alone (or with a splash of lemon and black pepper), as a nutritional alternative to butter or other spreads, or included in a range of dishes both raw and cooked.
Along with its great taste, the avocado is well known for improving skin and hair quality and helping to lower cholesterol.
It really is a super food.
Farm to family
Australians enjoy fresh, perfectly ripened avocados 52 weeks a year thanks to Costa.
We grow our own on over 654 hectares, whilst we source from other quality growers from over 45 Australian farms. Indeed, we are the only company that grows, sources, ripens and sells avocados in one national supply chain giving us far greater control over the quality of fruit supplied.
Ultimately, this means consumers get to enjoy beautifully ripe avocados all year round.
Lovacado is synonymous with quality. Costa Group's owned farm delivers perfectly ripe avocados direct from our orchards to retailers. Along with our own, we also take to market avocados grown and nurtured by our supply partners around Australia.
More delicious avocado facts
- Amino acids, particularly glutathione, are powerful antioxidants
- Rich in Vitamin K (liver boosting)
- Bursting with riboflavin, thiamin, niacin and magnesium
- High in digestible protein, so you can absorb faster than meat
- A quarter of an avocado contains 120mg of potassium, the same as that in a small banana
- Avocados are full of essential fats, vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, and folate – great for the body inside and out!
Avocados like a warm climate with good rainfall. Ours are grown and sourced from farms located in North, Central and South-East Queensland; Northern NSW; the 'tristate' region; South Australia; Western Australia and New Zealand.
Beyond growing, state of the art facilities and an industry leading team of ripeners ensure our avocados reach consumers at the perfect ripeness.
Hass is the most commonly available avocado in Australia – it represents 80% of the market. This perennial fruit is available all year round thanks to our diverse growing regions.
The Hass avocado has a classic oval shape with pebbly dark skin, which turns from green to purple to black as it ripens.
The Shepard avocado has a bright green skin and an elongated shape. Its peak season is February to April.
Commonly referred to as the green skin variety the flesh will not turn brown when cut.
The Maluma has a nutty flavour with a hint of sweetness in the flesh that's smooth and soft.
The Maluma is characterised by a small seed and its shiny, pebbly skin turns black when ready to eat. Available from late March to late April, make the most of them when they're around!
Avocados make a wonderful addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner! Their rich, nutty flavour is the hero in many meals and, better still, they are packed full of goodness so you know that you’re doing your body a favour by eating them.
Need some ideas on how to incorporate avocados into your diet?
Our alliance partners
We have forged strong and trusted relationships with our growers. These farmers work with us to continually improve sustainable farming practices – and we proudly add value to all parties in the avocado supply chain.
Selection and storage
The Hass variety advertises its ripeness as its skin turns black, but Reed and Shepard varieties remain a glossy green when ripe.
To test ripeness: gently apply pressure on the stem to see if it yields. Avoid squeezing the centre of the fruit as the flesh will easily bruise inside.
Buying in advance: look for firm, green fruit. They will continue to ripen for 7-10 days after picking, and are best stored at room temperature.
To ripen faster: place the unripe avocado in a brown paper bag with an apple or banana. These fruits naturally release the plant hormone ethylene, which aids ripening. Once an avocado is at its ideal ripeness, store in the fridge for 2-3 days until ready to use.