'Look Who's Come Crawling Back': Millennials React to News of Avocado Glut

Millennials have reacted with a mixture of consternation and good humor to reports of an avocado oversupply in Australia.

The soft textured fruit has been synonymous with millennials, a byword for the generation that reached adulthood in the early 21st century, ever since Australian millionaire Tim Gurner put his ability to purchase property at a young age down to his aversion to avocados.

Speaking on the subject of the younger generations during an interview with 60 Minutes Australia, Gurner claimed: "When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn't trying to buy smashed avocado for $19 and 4 coffees at $4 each."

An avocado and Twitter comments.
An avocado and the Twitter outrage - news of an avocado surplus has not been greeted with a positive response online. Arina_Bogachyova/Getty

The comments were made in the context that Gurner was explaining he worked hard for his success and made sacrifices rather than waste money on short-term enjoyment.

It quickly went viral with many millennials viewing it as archetypal of the out-of-touch attitude of the previous "boomer generation," who grew up at a time when housing was relatively cheap and still believe younger generations can afford property through disciplined spending.

That sentiment is shared in the U.S. where a Reddit post previously went viral for stating "avocados with bread" is now considered to be a luxury that prevents young people from buying their first home.

However, the numbers suggest otherwise. According to figures published by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, the median sale price of homes in the U.S. in 1980 stood at $63,6700. By 2020, that number had risen to $329,000.

With avocados adopted as something of a sarcastic symbol of the millennial generation, the movement peaked with the creation of the Avolatte - a latte served in an avocado shell and seemingly designed to infuriate older generations.

So it was perhaps understanding that a report announcing that farmers in Australia are experiencing an oversupply of the soft green fruit would be greeted with glee on social media.

Much of the discussion centered around a link to an ABC News Australia article reporting that this year, "growers are producing an average of 22 avocados per Australian and the oversupply has meant prices are at an all-time low on supermarket shelves."

As a result, the article hoped to offer a variety of ways people can enjoy avocados as a regular part of their diet.

Unfortunately, that message ended up getting lost in the flurry of tweets that have followed in the hours since the piece was first posted to Twitter.

Instead, millennials have been reacting with a combination of tongue-in-cheek confusion and fury at the fact they are now being asked to eat more avocados after being previously told it was the reason they were failing to climb the property ladder.

Comic book illustrator Elliot Baggott was among those who struggled to contain his delight at this turn of events, tweeting: "Well, well, well. Look who's come crawling back."

Baggott's tweet earned nearly 8,000 retweets and 65,000 likes.

Author and Associate Professor Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò also reveled in this turn of events. "While Boomers were partying in their homes with affordable mortgages, we studied the avocado toast," he wrote. "And now that the crates are full and the barbarians are at the gates they have the nerve to ask us for help?"

Coder Aditya Mukerjee dubbed it "the 'millenials are overspending on avocado toast' to 'millenials are killing avocado toast' pipeline" while Twitter user Glamazonjay wrote: "Y'all told us avocado toast was dropping our credit score."

Tom Gara, a writer and editor at Meta, joked: "Avocado glut just as housing prices begin to cool off? This is an obvious millennial trap, don't fall for it." Fellow journalist Emily Zanotti added: "The time has come, Millennials. Avocado toast to save the world."

There were memes and gifs alongside the humorous astonishment.

Elsewhere, GrimAvenue said "This is the kind of crisis I was meant for" with LOTNorm reflecting how "Our whole lives are measured in whether we're buying too many avocados or too few avocados."

Meanwhile an exasperated danglinghemmie simply asked: "DO WE GET THE AVOCADO TOAST OR NOT?"

Newsweek has contacted Baggott for comment.