Are your avocados a problem?

Who would have thought that delicious avocados would be the centre of a media storm around affordable housing?  The green

Who would have thought that delicious avocados would be the centre of a media storm around affordable housing?  The green meal friend was pushed front and centre after columnist Bernard Salt wrote in the Weekend Australian that the reason young Australians couldn’t afford housing is their inefficiency with money.  He wrote, “I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more”.  He continued, “I can afford to eat this for lunch because I am middle-aged and have raised my family. But how can young people afford to eat like this?”

Bernard isn’t the only one to lash out at the guacamole hero ingredient, as there has been massive public criticism around the pricing of avocados as in some places they are almost $4 each.  While the attention has been negative, the Avocados Australia organisation insists that no publicity is bad publicity.

John Tyas from Avocados Australia told ABC “I think it’s fabulous, obviously avocados have been caught in the crossfire of this debate, but we don’t mind because it’s good publicity”.  He continued “We are seeing people consume them all year round because they tick all the boxes, they’re nutritious, delicious and versatile”.

When the topic of the $22 smashed avo meals came up, Mr Tyas said: “There are restaurants and cafes that are cashing in on the great demand for avocados.”  He insists that it doesn’t represent the industry though “Because if you can’t afford to eat out, you can buy avocados cheaply at the greengrocer or supermarket and have it however you want.”

Are avocado prices gotten too high?  Do you think that purchases like $22 lunches are the reason that housing prices are out of reach for many?

  1. Pat Zammit  

    I pai $4 for 2 at Coles yesterday in WA

  2. Fay  

    These restaurants and cafes are buying the avocados cheaper than the consumers price. They would be charging the extra for their service and meal.

  3. Ruth Jessop  

    Generally one can buy 4-6pack avocados at ALDI or some fruit shops on the Gold Coast for under $5. They are delicious. – I eat them straight out of the skin with a spoon

  4. Growing my own from the seeds I save . Lovely on toast , grilled with tomato ,
    curry and cheese

  5. Allen Morrison  

    You can buy a bag of Avacado in qld for $5.00 which is $1.00 each in S.A. Where I live Between $2.00 and $2.50 each
    if you dine out in any state of Australia an average meal price is around $20.00 is this person saying they would rather the youths eat at Macca’s or HJ’s rather than eat a healthy meal of their choice he should never presume to know their financial circumstances

  6. Claire Hancock  

    I think the situation with the purchase of a home being viewed as unaffordable by the younger generation is the reason they are spending big on the “here & now”. Many have given up any hope of being able to afford to own their own home, so rather than save their earnings they feel they may as well spend their money now on what they enjoy.

  7. Julianne  

    The major difference I see with the younger generation is the Instant gratification attitude without weighing up the consequences. It translates to all areas of life, not just the price of avocados.

  8. Pamela  

    I love avocados but am now taking them back for a refund when they are gross inside!

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