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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!cheesy corn and smashed avocado quesadillas

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.Lemon Avocado Chickpea Mash 3

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.green goddess grilled


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

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11 Months Ago

I use mashed avocado as a mayo substitute for tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad or even veggie salads like radishes and jicama. I\'ve never cut my hand opening an avocado. Interesting video that shows how Ive been doing it for years.

Jeannette Gravett
11 Months Ago

So amusing - amazing how unsafe people are. Good tips, tho\'.

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11 Months Ago

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11 Months Ago

Thank you so much for offering this safety tip. It always bothers me when I see professional chefs on TV holding the avo in one hand and slamming the large knife into the pip - so dangerous. Just slightly off-centre and the fingers can be damaged for life.
Thanks again for sharing this important safety tip with everyone :) Best wishes to you.

Peta Feral
11 Months Ago

I suggest people DON\'T cut the seed/pit ; take i t out with the heel of a blunt knife and soak and plant the seed to grow an avocado tree; there are webistes which say that you need A and B pollinators of which bought avocados can be either;,so the more trees you have the more chance of them fruiting; it is more respectful to nature to plant the seed of any food you eat; that is the deal when trees offer you their fruit., it is ther leat we can do in return.

11 Months Ago

I accidentally moved the temperature setting of my fridge so that it was low enough to freeze most of the fruit and veg, including the ripe avocado that I was looking forward to eating later on. Whereas most of the fresh produce had a high water content, causing cells to rupture and reduce it to a mush, the avocado, probably because it\'s an oily fruit, transformed itself into the most delicious puree when it thawed. So if you want a smooth, effortless dip, freeze and thaw you avo\' and season to taste!

Yolanda Leaird
11 Months Ago

First of all there is absolutely no need to use a Chef\'s Knife. A simple bread knife will do. You can slice an avocado in it\'s skin, then using a BREAD knife, scoop it out. There is nothing so bitter as Avocado skin. When you use a very sharp knife there is a chance you will pierce the skin and include it with the meat. You never want to do this. Use a bread knife. You will not cut yourself, in fact In the 74 years (I\'m from California), I\'ve been using and eating Avocado I never once heard of a person cutting themselves opening an Avocado. This only started when Fancy Chefs started to Fancy-up Avocados. Don\'t use a Chef\'s Knife ever on an Avocado.


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