Rise in number of people suffering 'avocado hand'

Do you think safety labels should be used on fruit and vegetables to prevent serious injuries?

But as a result of this surge in avocado A&E patients, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons is calling for "safety labels".

Or, if you really like that hand in one piece, just use Epicurious's method of navigating the treacherous avocado terrain. But before you scoff at the idea of this being risky, keep in mind that first-response doctors have seen so many disgusting cases they've given the injury a nickname: avocado hand. One particular surgeon at the city's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital says he stitches up an average of four "avocado hands" per week.

We've all been there when we've battled to cut an avocado.

A flurry of social media posts have emerged with people sharing their own tales of avocado hand injuries.

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It's avocado season again, and with mountains of the ripe, pear-shaped fruit practically begging to be turned into guacamole or added to a salad, learning how to pit an avocado correctly should be top of any amateur chef's to-do list.

It is the millennials' favourite way to brunch, slicing and dicing an avocado, serving it on sourdough or rye, and drizzling a slick of olive oil over it.

Figures from New Zealand's accident compensation scheme show 303 people lodged claims over three years for avocado injuries, with NZ dollars 87,527 (£47,000) paid out in that period. It needs to be recognizable. "People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them", he explains.

We spoke to Francis Agyepong, Executive Chef at Christopher's in Covent Garden, to find out exactly how you should safely and efficiently chop your avocado.

Anxious that you need to brush up on your avocado knife technique? Twist the knife slightly, and the pit should gently break away from the supple green flesh.

  • Ismael Montgomery