One attribute no one talks about amongst today’s avocado craze is how difficult they can be to cut & prepare.
The thick skin is a chore to crack, and that robust pit never seems to budge easily. People even resort to guides so they can do it right. Being careless slicing the popular fruit can lead to injury if you aren’t careful – and these slipups are becoming just as common as avocado toast in the morning.
The Times of London reports that more and more surgeons are seeing cases of what they call “avocado hand” – rookie chefs who need treatment for hand injuries caused while battling the well-protected avocados.
It’s gotten so prevalent that The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons are actually canvasing for warning labels on avocados (you can’t make this stuff up). They say the problem is more serious than realized, saying people are causing harmful nerve damage – some which require surgery – just to get through the avocado shield to the heart of the sought-after fruit.
“People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them…Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?” Simon Eccles suggested to the Times.
Eccles says he treats roughly four patients a week for ‘avocado hand’ – there’s even a “post-brunch surge” in these cases on Saturdays at the hospital where he works.
To avoid a trip to your local hospital, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand suggests to wait until the avocado is ripe (which can be a chore in itself), lay it on its side, then making small, gentle cuts in the skin, rotating the knife around the pit. From there, you can push the edge of the knife into the pit, and simply lift out. Voila! You have breakfast rather than boo-boos.
If there’s a lesson to be learned from avocado-injuries, it’s not to avoid the healthy, flexible fruit, but to simply be more careful and mindful when using potentially dangerous objects in the kitchen.