Plump pit shows promise after winning avocado contest

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Dave Dyck of Brownsville was declared the winner of the Jacado Avocados’ Biggest Pit Contest, having submitted the largest specimen, and won $50 as a result. That pit is now being grown into a sturdier-than-average tree.

In January, Aylmer resident Jacob Heide announced a friendly competition to lighten spirits during the province-wide lockdown. The premise was simple: whoever brought him the largest avocado pit was declared the winner.

The largest pit was determined by weight, and the average submission weighed 2 oz. Mr. Dyck’s submitted avocado pit weighed 4.35 oz., comparable in mass to an indivudal container of apple sauce or a small lemon juice bottle. Second place, who won $20, submitted a 3.52 oz. pit.

Mr. Heide said he received 21 submissions throughout January, and the winner was declared on Monday, Feb. 1.

“I posted a photo of a very large pit on my account early on in the contest and I believe it deterred people from entering their pits because this one would be hard to beat,” said Mr. Heide.

He aimed to grow both top pits into avocado trees, a hobby of his. He is currently growing about 40 small avocado trees in his residence. Those contest pits have now germinated and are shooting up stems.

A motivating factor behind the competition was to test his theory that a bigger pit will lead to a bigger initial stem that sprouts out.

“So far my theory is correct,” said Mr. Heide. “The bigger the pit is, the thicker, and stronger the stem will be.

“I have a two-week-old stem that is now thicker than the stem of a tree that’s nearly half a year old.”

Veronica Reiner, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Aylmer Express