QUEENSLAND-grown avocados are soon expected to ease the nationwide shortage, with the fruit likely to reach markets in about two weeks.
The limited avocado crop saw prices rise to as much as $80 a tray last week.
The harvesting of north Queensland Hass and Shepard avocados is expected to begin in mid-February, when fruit market operators hope prices will finally fall.
The Standard Market Company Fruit and Deli at James Street was selling avocados for $6.99 each yesterday, which saw a few people foregoing one of the country's favourite snacks.
Brisbane resident Morag Grealy said she had been planning to buy avocados but chose not to because of the price.
"I'm a big avo fan," she said. "Avocados were actually on my list to buy but I chose something else because of the price. I think I might wait until they get a bit cheaper."
The major supermarkets were yesterday selling hass avocados for $3.90 each.
The shortage has been the result of several factors, including supply and demand, storms in New Zealand, and the fact they have been out of season.