M&S introduces stoneless "cocktail avocados"

Marco Green
December 7, 2017

While M&S says the "avocado hand" is not the reason behind the launch of "cocktail avocado", concerned millennials might benefit from its stoneless feature.

The Guardian reported Thursday that the retailer Marks & Spencer believes that the seedless "cocktail avocado" will reduce the risk of people hurting themselves while cutting open the fruits.

This new breed of avocados will also be smaller than the ones we are used to ranging from approximately five to eight centimetres in length.

They are grown in Spain, and are the result of unpollinated avocado blossom.

That's right, the stone in the middle (responsible for numerous 'avocado hand' injuries) has gone.

The fruit develops without a seed which in turns stops the growth, giving a small, seedless fruit.

A stoneless variation on the beloved classic, cocktail avocados offer up the same great taste (and benefits!) of a normal avocado WITHOUT that pesky little seed. Meanwhile the flesh is "smooth and creamy, pale in colour and rich in flavour".

Usually the they are sent to high-end restaurants in Paris, but this year M&S managed to get its hands on some.

"They're ideal for snacking and lunchboxes as they can be eaten whole but can also be used for a attractive garnish or in a salad", she said.

Charlotte Curtis, M&S agronomist (that's a person who studies how plants can be cultivated, genetically altered and used to our advantage), said: "We've had the mini, the giant, ready-sliced and we're now launching the holy grail of avocados - stoneless".

The avocados are in-season during mid-winter and will be sold at M&S stores throughout December while supplies last. "My top tip is to try them deep fried".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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