Let’s be real – sometimes, not a day goes by that we don’t eat any avocado. The merits of this yummy fruit are not to be trifled with; beneath the avocado’s bumpy green skin lies a creamy, green flesh that’s not only a great source of heart-healthy fat but it is also a fruit with nearly limitless (okay, so that’s an exaggeration), delicious culinary potential. We can make things like this Ultimate Guacamole, fancy avocado toast, ice cream, and so much more, all thanks to the avocado.
We’re not the only ones who are a little obsessed with avocado, either. In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, you’ll find Avocaderia, the “world’s first avocado bar,” where they serve salads, toast, and creamy smoothies featuring organic Mexican avocados.
Not only has a love for this absurdly delicious fruit sparked such a passion in professionals that they want to sell their avocado-based creations for a living, it’s also inspired quite a fair amount of us to incorporate avocados into our regular diet. Unfortunately, though, it seems like a lot of us don’t know the proper way to cut one.
According to UK newspaper The Times, surgeons are seeing a growing number of injuries in the emergency room caused by home cooks who cut their hands in pursuit of avocado’s creamy green goodness. The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons calls it “avocado hand.”
We totally understand why anyone would want this Cheesy Corn and Smashed Avocado Quesadilla in their belly ASAP — but please, be careful with the kitchen knives!
Dr. Simon Eccles, the former president of the plastic surgery section of the Royal Society of Medicine, told The Times, “people do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them.” And that’s how avocado-related injury happens.
Don’t let a trip to the emergency room get between you and this Green Goddess Griller. Learn the proper way to cut an avocado first.
Sheel Sharma, M.D., clinical associate professor in the Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, has also seen a rise in avocado-related hand injuries. “It’s the peculiar nature of the fruit. It has a hard shell then soft fruit then again a hard pit. So you get this false sense that it should be sturdy to cut through,” he told CBS News. “So you cut the skin, then the knife slices through the flesh and the next thing is your hand.”
As great as guac is, don’t let an avocado-related mishap send you to the hospital. Check out the video below to learn the safe way to slice an avocado:
We’re definitely going to be more mindful of how we cut our avocados. If you love to cook at home, we highly recommend checking out the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone. With over 8,000 vegan recipes (and over 10 new recipes added daily), you’re going to find something you love!
Lead image source: Lemony Avocado Chickpea Mash