It’s a round fruit, and the outer skin is smoother and less pebbled than a Hass. Reed avocados grow large. Avocados, like bananas, don’t ripen until after they’re picked, which makes it easier for farmers to leave them on the vine to grow larger. The Reeds come into season later in the summer than Hass avocados do, and are typically available from February onwards.
Unlike Hass avocados, the Reeds don’t darken much as they ripen. Rather, you have to rely on a touch test—it should give way slightly to firm pressure, but not too much. And if you shake them, the pit will rattle slightly if they’re ripe. Reeds are creamier and denser than Hass avocados.