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

Following on from the success of the mini and giant varieties of avocados launched in Marks & Spencer previous year, consumers are now being introduced to the stoneless version, branded the "cocktail avocado".

The cocktail avocados are small elongated fruits, measuring around five to eight centimetres in length.

They are grown in Spain, and are the result of unpollinated avocado blossom.

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.

The fruit develops without a seed which in turns stops the growth, giving a small, seedless fruit.

If you're unsure how to prepare the mini fruit, Charlotte Curtis, a senior agronomist at M&S, shared her recommendations, which we first spotted on The Telegraph.

Earlier this year, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons identified the problem of increasing numbers of people turning up at A&E after cutting their hands and fingers while trying to remove avocado stones, and called for safety labels to be put on the fruit.

Sainsbury's introduced something similar all the way back in 2005, but the rare nature of the fruit means it is usually only used by Parisian chefs.

Although these "safe" avocados are new to M&S, they're not exactly revolutionary.

'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.

"They're ideal for snacking and lunchboxes as they can be eaten whole but can also be used for a attractive garnish or in a salad", she said.

But now M&S has announced that selected stores will be releasing a stoneless version this December throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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