Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Idiot-Proof Avocados Are Here Because People Keep Hurting Themselves

A high-end British grocery has figured out a way to sell avocados to people who otherwise might end up in the hospital. It’s a pitless variety dubbed the “cocktail avocado” and it’s only being offered at Marks & Spencer through December.

This smaller avocado with an edible skin grows in Spain in limited amounts. And while the obvious question is why would anyone want a smaller avocado, the answer is “avocado hand.” This Millennial injury is somewhat of a phenomenon, thanks to the rising interest in avocado toast, that’s due to people not being able to remove the pit successfully. They end up holding the avocado in one hand and slicing it open with the other. The injury is so prevalent, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons wants safety labels on the fruit to avoid the growing number of trips to the ER.

The cocktail avocado looks like a cross between an avocado and a cucumber and because it has an edible skin, it can be eaten whole.

Charlotte Curtis, a food technology specialist at Marks & Spencer tells The Guardian they’ve already sold mini and giant varieties of avocado, and now seems like a “ripe” time to offer an injury-free one, adding,”This amazing fruit has been on our radar for a couple of years and we’re very excited to have finally been able to get hold of some for our customers to try.”

Where have these stoneless avocados been hiding all this time? M&S says up until now, they were usually sent to high-end restaurants in Paris, but they were able to source a small supply.


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