A British retailer is selling ‘cocktail avocados,’ the pitless fruit that will make slicing into it a lot easier
This fruit comes with less labor.
A new breed of avocados are being sold without the pit so eaters can easily slice into one and eliminate the hand injuries novice cooks often suffer when cutting into ones with pits.
Cocktail avocados, as they’re called, will be sold at British retailer Marks & Spencer for the month of December. The seedless variety is much smaller — around 2 to 3 inches long — than a traditional avocado, and grows in Spain as a result of unpollinated avocado blossoms, BBC reports. Since there’s no pit in the middle and edible skin, you can eat it whole. M&S describes the fruit as “smooth and creamy”. They’re $2.50 for five in a pack.
The grocery store says the pitless fruit can help prevent what surgeons are calling “avocado hand,” an injury amateur chefs suffer when slicing through the skin of an unripe avocado and getting the stone out. Doctors have even seen a growing number of people in the emergency room suffering from the silly but painful wounds. It’s unclear how many injuries have occurred in the US, but it’s apparently a global concern — the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons called for safety labels on the fruit, which many people scoffed at.
Others are snidely calling “avocado hand” a casualty of the middle class, since the green fruits are known to be pricey. The average price in the US surged from 89 cents in January to $1.21 in July, according to Hass Avocado Board. A bag of four is currently $5 at Walmart.
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