Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

M&S launch stoneless avocados - and says they could prevent 'avocado hand'

M&S launch stoneless avocados - and says they could prevent 'avocado hand'

Avocados without pits have arrived - but only in Britain, and only for this month. As of now, the fruits are only being sold by Marks & Spencer (M&S), a British retailer that sells everything from socks to high-end skincare.

However, it can be a little tricky to cut the tough stone out of the middle, and earlier this year it was reported injuries sustained from this very task had increased, and the phenomenon became dubbed "avocado hand". Its secretary, Simon Eccles, said that he treats about four patients a week with the so-called "avocado hand" at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London.

But that shouldn't be a problem with the new arrival on the shelves.

The seedless avocados are the result of an unpollinated avocado blossom that develops without a seed.

Marks and Spencer has launched a Spanish-grown stoneless avocado that will be available for a limited time over the Christmas period. However, M&S says that it has been able to exclusively source a small number of the avocados this year.

M&S first sold avocados in 1968 as an "Avocado Pear" and it recommended that people enjoyed them as a dessert served with custard.

Charlotte Curtis, a food technology specialist at M&S, said: "We've had the mini, the giant, ready sliced and we're now launching the holy grail of avocados - stoneless".

Get them while stocks last, £2 per pack. Never again will you have to open your pricey avocado to find it's only 10 percent edible.

And he's right, it does, but as I bite into it, it has all the creaminess of an ordinary ripe avocado. The skin of the fruit is also edible. It's definitely thin enough and soft enough - my teeth sink straight through.

Actually, though, as I chomp my way down, I get more used to it.

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