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Seedless Avocados May Help Fruit's Fans Avoid 'Avocado Hand'

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Seedless avocados don't require knife-wielding skills. (Pipa100/Dreamstime)

By    |   Monday, 11 Dec 2017 03:12 PM

Seedless avocados are now being sold by one British retailer so that aficionados can enjoy their fruit without risking injury to themselves from trying remove the avocado's large middle seed. 

The fruits are being sold by Marks & Spencer, a high-end British retailer, and are labeled as “cocktail avocados,” which are completely edible, including the skin, the Los Angeles Times reported

The seedless avocados are grown in Spain from unpollinated blossoms and are only available in December in M&S’s large food and wine section, the Times reported. 

“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 ahold of some for our customers to try,” M&S food technology specialist Charlotte Curtis told The Independent.

The avocados have previously been grown for use in high-end restaurants in Paris and also some U.S. locations, but have not been available in any retail stores until this year, the Times reported. 

A few California retailers — Pacific Sun Distributing Inc., Coosemans, and Frieda’s — thought they would also be able to offer the seedless avocados, but were not able to get any this season, the Times reported. 

Traditional seeded avocados are apparently a frequent cause of hand injuries known as "avocado hand." Plastic surgeon Simon Eccles said he typically treats about four patients a week for knife wounds caused by the popular fruit, the BBC reported

The seedless avocados don’t even require a knife at all; since the skin is edible, people can bite right into them.

Many on Twitter reacted to the news with excitement, and some with ridicule.

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