There aren’t many food-related instances more disappointing than when, after taking the risk of mutilating yourself slicing open an avocado, you find out that the pit makes up about 90% of its mass. ‘Is there no justice?’ you think, at the same time feeling extremely grateful that you have avoided the unfortunate fate of getting an ‘Avocado-Hand’. The number of people slicing their hand open while trying to negotiate their way into the creamy slice of heaven has increased dramatically recently, and it’s time to put an end to this misery!
One British retailer, aware of the unfair risk-to-reward ratio in the avocado gamble, has apparently found the solution! Pitless avocados! You can’t hurt yourself with the knife while trying to remove the seed if there is no seed to remove in the first place! Genius! And what’s more, you are guaranteed to get a lot more of the green delicacy for the same price.
Where can I get some of this fruity goodness?
Currently, the seedless avocado is available only at Marks & Spencer, a British retail store that sells anything from socks to high-end skincare. And its food and wine department has welcomed the addition of the new avos with open arms.
“We’ve had the mini, the giant, the ready-sliced, and we’re now launching the holy grail of avocados — stoneless,” Charlotte Curtis, a food technology specialist at M&S, told The Guardian. “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 a hold of some for our customers to try.”
These avocados are grown in Spain and are available only in December. They are the product of un-pollinated blossoms, which then develop into seedless fruit. The result is a slightly smaller-than-usual avocado, with edible skin and smooth and creamy flesh, rich in flavor.
Not unlike a small courgette, and only about 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) long, the updated model of the fruit is also known as “cocktail avocado.” It has apparently been around for a while but delivered exclusively to restaurants in Paris and the United States. California’s Pacific Sun Distributing Inc, Coosemans, and Frieda’s are some of the food distribution stores that, reportedly, had seedless avocados in stock at one point, but not anymore. The only way to get a hold of one now is a quick trip to the United Kingdom. Just remember, you don’t have a lot of time before January comes and this amazing fruit goes out of season!