Avocado contest that’s the pits

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Aylmer resident Jacob Heide will reward $50 to whoever can bring him the biggest avocado pit.

Dubbed Jacado’s Avocados’ Biggest Pit Contest, this idea for this friendly competition was described as a way to lighten spirits during the province-wide lockdown.

“Lately, social media is all filled with COVID-19 nowadays and not as much positive news I find,” said Mr. Heide. “I thought it’d be a fun contest for me, and then whoever wants to participate.”

The second place winner will receive $20, and the largest pit will be determined by weight. The competition is open to anyone in Southwestern Ontario, and the closing date is Sunday, Jan. 31.

Mr. Heide intends to grow the pit into a tree, and is currently growing about 40 avocado trees in his residence.

“The bigger the pit, the bigger the initial stem that sprouts out. This is just a theory right now,” said Mr. Heide. He hopes to potentially sell some trees later in the spring, as “they make nice houseplants.”

Why avocados? Mr. Heide said he has been a huge fan of the “superfood” his entire life.

For those interested in participating, he recommends avoiding damaging the pit while trying to remove it. Clean, rinse, and place into a cup of water (submersed) for temporary storage.

Those with an eligible pit can email Mr. Heide at heide.jacob@gmail.com to arrange a drop-off time.

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express