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Save the guac!

May 4, 2010

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 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
  • 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 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!

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