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

Mae Love
December 7, 2017

This new breed of avocados will also be smaller than the ones we are used to ranging from approximately five to eight centimetres in length.

Marks & Spencer is launching the British high street's first stoneless avocado.

While M&S says the "avocado hand" is not the reason behind the launch of "cocktail avocado", concerned millennials might benefit from its stoneless feature.

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".

The avocado hails from an unpollinated avocado blossom, meaning it develops without a seed which, in turn, stops the growth.

What's more, the skin is actually edible, unlike a regular avocado.

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The flesh is smooth and creamy but unlike the avos we know and love they are pale in colour.

M&S agronomist Charlotte Curtis said: "This wonderful 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".

"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 hold of some for our customers to try".

The fruit is grown in Spain and is only availably in December due to its short season.

But now M&S has announced that selected stores will be releasing a stoneless version this December throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. M&S said stoneless avocados were usually sent to Paris, where chefs use them in high-end restaurants, but the retailer had managed to source a limited supply this year.

But this year M&S has sourced a small number of the avocados exclusively. "My top tip is to try them deep fried!"

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