What Is a SlimCado – And Should My Baby Eat It?

Posted on Aug 3 2009 - 1:06pm by Christine

At the end of last week we received an interesting question from Meredith in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

After reading on your website about the health benefits of avocado, I decided to offer it to my son Josh as his first food. When I went to the store, I found something called a SlimCado, which looked like an avocado – but the label said it had less fat than other avocados. I’d like to try one, because Josh will only eat a little and I’ll probably end up eating the rest… but I’m worried that it may have been genetically modified in some way. If not, how can it contain less fat? And is this something I should be feeding to my baby?

By sheer coincidence, the SlimCado has just made an appearance at the store on our little island, so it’s something we’ve been taking a closer look at, too!

What is a slimcado and can my baby eat it?

In order to answer Meredith’s question as accurately as possible, we wrote to Brooks Tropicals’, who supply a range of tropical fruits and vegetables across North America. We immediately received a very helpful reply from Mary Ostlund, the company’s Marketing Director, who told us

SlimCados are green skinned Florida avocados which have grown down here since the turn of the century (18th to 19th that is). Brooks Tropicals has sold them since 1928.

They are not genetically engineered. They are different varieties than the hass. If you think about it, the hass is grown in very dry environments, California for example. Florida is anything but dry. The avocados are going to be different. SlimCados are generally much larger and have a lighter taste.

The first time I had a hass avocado (in my thirties) I thought it tasted oily. I’m told the first time someone tries a Florida green skinned avocado it tastes watery. ‘Oily’ and ‘watery’ are two awful ways to describe great tasting avocados, but the words help to highlight the difference in taste.

Guacamole is made even more outstanding with hass avocados. Meanwhile SlimCado aficionados slice them on top of salads, sandwiches, and even burgers. Latinos love to dice them up to top a creamy soup. With SlimCados you don’t have to think twice about having avocados.

SlimCados were on the menu when I was a baby. I’m sure your readers’ babies will enjoy them too.

I should note that avocados, in general, have gotten great PR this last year with their fat being considered the ‘good’ fat (monounsaturated). We should remember that even good fat should be eaten in moderation. Doctors suggest up to 70 calories a day. You can almost triple the amount of avocado you can eat with the SlimCado and still stay within this dietary requirement.

Maryย also gave us a little nugget of helpful information for identifying whether or not the food you’re buying has been genetically modified…

An easy way to tell if a fruit or vegetable is genetically engineered is to look at the label. GE fruit’s label have a number on it (not the bar code but the other number) that starts with ‘8’.

Of course, the fat requirement for babies is somewhat different than for older children and adults. ‘Good’ fats – such as those present in avocados and oily fish – play an important part in the development of baby’s brain. And whilst adults may be encouraged to avoid whole milk and dairy products such as yogurt which are made with whole milk, this restriction does not apply to children under 2 years of age. This is because the extra energy the fats provide is needed to support their massive rate of growth.

There are also occasions where avocados are recommended for babies specifically because of their high calorie content (if baby has reflux, for example). In these situations, it’s important that the small quantities of food that baby is able to consume and keep down are calorie-rich.

We gave the SlimCado a try for ourselves over the weekend and both the taste and the texture are unmistakably lighter then the Hass. However, mixed into a dressed salad it was very pleasant – and we all agreed that it wasn’t easy to tell the difference!

We’ll be sticking with the ‘full fat’ version of the avocado for feeding the youngest members of our family, in part because they love the creamier texture and fuller flavour but also because of the benefits they are receiving from the fats at this stage.

But we think the SlimCado is a good option for the adults, for whom the consumption of fats – even good ones- needs keeping in check!

Have you tried a SlimCado yet? How do you think it stacks up against a ‘regular’ avocado in terms of flavour and texture?

Useful links from our site…

Avocado baby food recipes and tips

Why babies need whole milk and fats

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20 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. nelly_bly August 3, 2009 at 7:07 pm -

    That response WAS really interesting and helpful. Thanks for the research…and the Facebook email that let me know it was here. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. magpie August 4, 2009 at 9:19 pm -

    Oh that is weird.

    In my book, haas avocados are good, and the other kind are mediocre. The response you got is like the green-skinned people trying to put a positive spin on a not-so-good product. I buy the rough black-skinned haas.

  3. Laurie August 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm -

    Well, I’m glad to know some actual facts about this little hummer at least.

    I saw some at my grocery last night and asked the produce man if they were gmo and he said they were. But I could tell he was only guessing, and really didn’t have a clue, which is why I decided to search further.

    I guess I will try one; at the very least I can use it in making a fresh salad dressing or something.

  4. Ellis Enbe October 3, 2009 at 11:27 pm -

    We just had our first SlimCado and thought it was great. True, the
    Hass is creamier (oilier) and has a somewhat different flavor. The SlimCado is firmer and great for a sandwich, marvelous for merely serving wedges with a flavored cottage cheese dressing, excellent for dicing to top chili or stew or soup or whatever. It’s not the same as the more well-known avocados, but equally good in its own way.

  5. sam December 27, 2009 at 12:17 pm -

    There are many named varieties of avocado. Most have less fat than Hass. But none grow true from seed, and your chances of an excellent variety from seed is remote. If SlimCado has any good qualities, maybe it is prolific. It is big, looks pretty, looks nice when first cut, but I can’t think of any others.

    SlimCado tastes awful. It is watery, has a bland flavor, slimy texture, often stringy or bitter, discolors quickly, turns mushy if you keep it after cutting. Maybe OK in a sandwich where there are other flavors strong enough so you don’t notice it. Or in a dressing to add bulk, but why bother? Guacamole made from it is inedible.

    Also see:
    http://www.grubreport.com/blueplatespecial/slimcado.html

  6. Stephanie January 5, 2010 at 7:33 pm -

    Just had a SlimCado for the first time and thought it actually tasted sweet. Not at all what I was expecting! I’m sure in a salad or salsa it may be good, but I have to wonder if the sweetness would overpower guacamole. I will go back to my Hass avocados! Thanks for the helpful info into them!

  7. Christine January 6, 2010 at 8:29 am -

    You’re welcome, Stephanie – there certainly seem to be mixed opinions about the Slimcado… as with everything, I guess it’s all down to personal taste! We still use Slimcados from time to time, especially in salad.:)

  8. Ryan September 29, 2010 at 7:15 pm -

    Slimcado is horrible! How dare you call this sweet fruity rubber like fruit an avocado !! I am not convinced this is not somehow modified. The article cites explanations like the environmental differences between Cali and Florida. If that were true my apples that are from different countries would taste starkly different.

  9. Jesse October 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm -

    Slim Cado is truly awful!
    It may look like an avocado,
    but it doesn’t taste like one
    I threw away the one I bought.
    It is very substandard and I cannot imagine why anyone
    would grow them
    and I doubt anyone who tastes one would ever buy another.
    YUCK!

  10. Jen October 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm -

    I had my first Slimcado last night and I loved it! I love the lightness of it, and will be buying many more in the future! I have a friend from Brazil and she has told me the avacados there are the size of footballs and are eaten with sugar. She thought I was nuts for putting salt on mine! Haha. Thank you for posting so much information about something that was enjoyable regardless of the mystery behind it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Christine October 30, 2010 at 7:52 am -

    You’re welcome – glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Lmay November 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm -

    The Slimcado is an okay alternative but I prefer the ‘regular’ green skin avocado – more flavorful and much creamier.

  13. Mae December 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm -

    I love the Slimcado! I like the lighter, fresher taste and texture it has. I think it’s a nice alternative to the Hass. I think the Hass is better for some things (guacamole, for example), but I think the Slimcado has benefits, too. I really like it for fresh slices when I have a picnic-style lunch. It goes well with other fresh fruits and veggies, with some fresh bread and cheese, as part of a sampler platter kind of setup. The Hass has a heavier and richer texture, which can be great for other uses. Personally, I don’t see either as better than the other — they’re just different and suitable for different things.

  14. DerSha January 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm -

    I bought a slimcado but didn’t know how to tell if it was ripe..so after a few days of waiting, i tried to open it up and ended it up throwing it away. it was super hard and i tried to mash it, but it wasn’t working.. maybe i got a bad one? they were much more expensive than hass too.

  15. Christine January 11, 2011 at 7:02 am -

    Oh, that’s a shame – it sounds as if it was just completely unripe. We’ve occasionally had them like this too, or have found that they have moved quickly from unripe to rotten, bypassing the ripe and ready to eat stage altogether! ๐Ÿ™

  16. Christy S. Lube July 20, 2011 at 11:38 am -

    I’ve eaten Florida avocados all my life… they are fantastic. I don’t like the Hass variety at all. My parents had a huge avocado tree in the front yard, and it grew gigantic ones, absolutely love them. I saw the SlimCado in the stores and knew it was just a new gimmick for an old food, but I’ve always known the FL avocados were lower in fat than Hass anyway. To tell if they are ripe, you just push gently on the skin… when they’re ripe they’re softer and push in a bit. I like them a little on the over-ripe side (but not all the way to brown, obviously). I’ve never seen any variety of avocado, Hass or otherwise, that doesn’t turn brown and mushy pretty quickly once it’s exposed to air.

  17. CG August 2, 2011 at 8:34 pm -

    “I am not convinced this is not somehow modified. The article cites explanations like the environmental differences between Cali and Florida. If that were true my apples that are from different countries would taste starkly different.”

    But different cultivars of apples DO taste different. A Granny Smith vs a Honey Crisp vs a Red Delicious, etc. Certainly, a Honey Crisp from Japan and one from the U.S. will of course taste the same, because they are the same cultivar, almost certainly grown under the same conditions.

    The person quoted in this article was making the point that the Hass cultivar (grown in arid climates) and the Florida avocado cultivar (grown in a humid tropical climate) are quite different cultivars.

    There’s no need to assume a sinister “genetic modification” conspiracy simply because you didn’t understand their explanation.

  18. DC Kristi February 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm -

    Looks like I’m late to this conversation, but thank you for posting, and the comments are interesting too! I just ate a SlimCado and wanted more information on it. I agree that it has a lighter, “waterier” taste, but I still really enjoyed it. In the US we’re so used to certain varieties of things that we don’t even know other varieties exist! There are so many different varieties of bananas, but most don’t export well, so we don’t get the varieties here. Same with mangos. If you’ve ever had Hawaiian pineapple vs. whatever pineapple they serve in Costa Rica (I’m not sure where it comes from, actually), those are very different as well! So, hooray for variety!

  19. Linda N. August 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm -

    i just had my first slimcado, I think I like it ! The texture was different than I expected, but I liked the taste. I will buy more.

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