Plastic surgeon suggests warning labels after rise in 'avocado hand'

Plastic surgeon suggests warning labels after rise in ‘avocado hand

"Avocado Hand" is a real injury, and if you go to a doctor saying you have it, chances are you'll be understood.

David Shewring, vice-president of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, told the newspaper: "Recently the health benefits of avocado have been advocated, with an increase in their popularity -and a consequent increase in related injuries".

It's all about carefully slicing the avocado in half with a sharp knife (never apply too much pressure and move around the stone once you encounter it).

Since accidents tend to happen when people slice very ripe avocados, knowing how to assess the ripeness of the fruit may also help.

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

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It seems that the avocado-eating masses are mishandling their fruit, resulting in a multitude of slash and/or stab wounds that have led to "serious nerve and tendon injuries, requiring intricate surgery". "We don't want to put people off the fruit but I think warning labels are an effective way of dealing with this", he said.

According to Iceland, the avocados are frozen at "peak ripeness" so you can take out a segment according to your requirements and leave the rest in the freezer to enjoy another time.

Anxious that you need to brush up on your avocado knife technique? It needs to be recognisable. One particular surgeon at the city's Chelsea and Westminster Hospital says he stitches up an average of four "avocado hands" per week.

Use a chef's knife: You'll need the heft and proportions of a chefs knife to penetrate the pit.

We're pretty confident in our avocado-handling skills at this point, being self-professed experts at prepping avocado toast, stuffed avocado, avocado margaritas (yep, you read that right), and nearly every other avocado-based recipe. This will give you maximum control over the knife.

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