Smashed, mashed or spread on toast, avocado has become a bit of an obsession.
Whether it’s topping your sourdough at brunch or blitzed into a smoothie, you’re mad for them. Last year, £128m worth of avocados were bought in the UK alone.
But that was before the dreaded avocado hand swept the nation, seeing a steep surge in the number of people submitted to A&E with sliced hands directly as a result of cutting their avo incorrectly. Ouch.
So, in a bid to make your life easier, M&S are releasing something magical.
In a high street first, the ‘Cocktail Avocado’ is a small elongated avocado approximately five to eight centimeters in length, and—wait for it—with no stone.
THE ANSWER TO AVOIDING AVOCADO HAND?
Yep, you read that right.
Stoneless avocados are here meaning avocado hand may be gone for good.
But how is this possible, you ask? The stoneless wonders are the result of an unpollinated avocado blossom. The fruit develops without a seed which in turns stops the growth, giving a small, seedless fruit.
Unlike a normal avocado, the skin is edible and the whole fruit can be enjoyed. The flesh is smooth and creamy, pale in colour and rich in flavour.
The fruit is grown in Spain and only available during December, when usually it is sent to a Parisian food market and bought by chefs to be used in top end restaurants. This year M&S have been able to source a small number the avocados exclusively.
Charlotte Curtis, M&S agronomist, says: “We’ve had the mini, the giant, ready-sliced and we’re now launching the holy grail of avocados – stoneless. 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. We know they will be in demand and we’ve only been able to get our hands on a limited amount so make sure you get them while you can.”
Charlotte continues: “They’re perfect for snacking and lunchboxes as they can be eaten whole but can also be used for a beautiful garnish or in a salad. My top tip is to try them deep fried.”
Avocados are great for:
- High in vitamin E , vitamin K, folate and antioxidants
- Contain more potassium per gram than bananas
- High in omega 3 fatty acids.
Cocktail Avocados, available at M&S throughout December while stocks last, £2 per pack.
Whilst we’ve got your attention… Have you seen these low fat vegan mince pies? Or check out these healthy salad recipes to get you through the festive indulgence.