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These Avocados Are Missing Something. Don't Worry, It's Good

Everyone celebrate the pitless avocado, available through UK retailer M&S
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2017 11:55 AM CST

(Newser) – Who knew whipping up guac could be such dangerous business? A British retailer, apparently, as it has just introduced a pitless avocado to the masses to prevent the injury known as "avocado hand." The Guardian reports on Marks & Spencer's limited-edition cocktail avocado, a variety grown in Spain and usually only seen in top Paris restaurants. The special avocado is between 2 inches and 3 inches long (making it slimmer than a typical avocado) and boasts an edible skin. The plant it comes from is unpollinated, meaning the pit never grows inside, and one of M&S' goals in selling it is to keep people from slicing their hands and fingers while trying to de-pit the fruit.

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"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," M&S food scientist Charlotte Curtis says. The Independent notes that avocado aficionados will still enjoy the taste they're familiar with: one that's "smooth and creamy … and rich in flavor." Curtis adds that the ready-to-nosh avocados are ideal for on-the-go lunches and snacks and as salad add-ons or garnishes, per Today; she also suggests deep-frying them. A pack of a handful of the avocados is said to sell for around $2.50 at M&S, though, in bad news for US consumers, they are available only in the UK for now. (Also now a thing: "diet" avocados.)

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