Save the guac!
With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, a lot of people start planning parties. What’s the first thing that usually comes to mind at a Cinco de Mayo party besides salsa and cerveza? Guacamole! And what’s the key ingredient in guacamole? Avocados.
You may or may not know but there is a serious disease that is threatening Florida avocado trees. It’s called laurel wilt. What is it? Laurel wilt is a destructive disease of redbay, avocado and other trees in the laurel family. The disease is caused by a fungus that infects the sapwood of host trees, restricting the flow of water, causing the leaves to wilt and the trees to die.
This is a serious problem and could affect a thriving Florida industry.
So what can you do to help?
- Become familiar with the signs of laurel wilt disease and redbay ambrosia beetle www.savetheguac.com and be on the lookout for evidence of the pest/disease on your trees.
- Use local firewood only – Do not transport firewood from other states because destructive pests and diseases, such as redbay ambrosia beetle and laurel wilt, can hitchhike into Florida on infested firewood. (View firewood video at www.savetheguac.com)
- Do not transport host trees (redbay, swamp bay, avocado, sassafras, pondspice, pondberry and others in the Lauraceae family) unless purchased from a registered nursery.
- People who suspect their trees may be infected with laurel wilt, or think they have found a redbay ambrosia beetle, are urged to contact the DPI helpline at 888-397-1517.
Visit savetheguac.com to learn more about this disease and what you can do to help! Just imagine what Cinco de Mayo would be like without guacamole – pretty bland and boring.
Here’s video from our Chef Justin with step by step instructions on how to make delicious Florida guacamole!