M&S debuts stoneless cocktail avocados

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

Supremely British multipurpose retailer Marks and Spencers is selling "cocktail avocados" that are stoneless.

The "cocktail avocado" is a small avocado which is 5-8cm long and grows in Spain and is only available during December.

These avocados are smaller, with thinner skin and are meant to circumvent emergency room visits from "avocado hand", the name for the slicing or stabbing injury often received when you're trying to remove the stone in the fruit.

The lack of a stone should also help customers avoid "avocado hand", a term coined following reports that many people had consulted doctors after suffering serious cuts while preparing avocados.

As M&S' agronomist, Charlotte Curtis, told the outlet, "This incredible fruit has been on our radar for a couple of years and we're very excited to have finally been able to get ahold of some for our customers to try".

Unlike a normal avocado, the skin is edible and the whole fruit can be enjoyed.

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Earlier this year, doctors raised a scary warning for brunch-loving millennials: mishandling avocado can injure your hand.

The retailer is marketing the new product as a "cocktail avocado", and said it's flawless for snacking or lunchboxes, or even deep fried.

This process makes them small and elongated.

Cocktail Avocados are available in selected M&S stores now and throughout December, while stocks last, priced at £2 per pack.

"This awesome 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", Curtis said, recommending customers also try them deep fried.

Curtis said she expected them to sell out quickly, adding: "My top tip is to try them deep fried".

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