Tom Selleck Started an Avocado Farm as A Hobby Even Though He Hates Avocados

by Matthew Wilson
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When he’s not busy acting, Tom Selleck loves his avocados. Well, he loves growing them anyways. You probably won’t catch him eating a slice on toasted bread with an egg anytime soon. Guac and chips are probably also off the menu.

Selleck actually hates the taste of avocados. He reportedly said he gags every time that he tries to eat one, which isn’t often.

“I don’t eat ‘em,” Selleck said back in 2010, according to Think Progress. “I almost threw up on the Letterman show. He surprised me and he knew I didn’t like them.”

So why does a person who hates avocados have an avocado farm? Much less an actor of sizable wealth? Selleck confessed that he loved the process of growing the fruit and being outdoors managing them.

Selleck grew avocado trees on his ranch in Ventura, California, which he owned since 1988. The property was previously an avocado farm until a drought destroyed the business. There are still around 1,500 avocado trees on Selleck’s property, which also passed hands through Dean Martin at one point. Reportedly, Selleck plants additional trees every time a friend of his passes away as a way of remembrance.

“My relationships and my ranch keep me sane,” Selleck told People. “I do grunt work and I make the rounds,”

Tom Selleck Does the Work Himself

Tom Selleck manages most of the property and the trees himself, something he finds relaxing. Back in 2015, the actor found himself in hot water for stealing water for his hobby. California accused Selleck of stealing water to support his trees. The actor eventually settled with the state for $21,000. Avocados reportedly need around 74 gallons of water per pound of yield.

“You don’t want any weeds to grow between your avocados,” he said. “You don’t want any wildflowers to grow between your avocados — because the bees will go to them, rather than the trees.”

Selleck has been an avocado aficionado since the late 1990s. The actor also sells the fruit. But he confessed it was difficult to make a profit from being an avocado farmer.

“I sell them,” Selleck said. “They don’t look right … They’re wonderful, healthful, good fat — it’s really good for you but it’s not for me. Why eat them when I could sell them. I’ve got a mortgage.”

Most likely, Selleck just loves growing the fruit. Everyone has their hobbies. Some people try painting or amateur sports. Others moonlight as avocado farmers.