There are many expert ways to remove the pit from an avocado, but apparently the one that involves a knife often leads to the use of bandaids or in some cases a trip to the ER. If you’ve ever come close to experiencing what’s being called “avocado hand” then you may want to switch to spooning out the pit or going for the newly available pitless avocado.
Mental Floss reports about the pitless avocados that are being called “cocktail avocados” or “avocaditos” as they are smaller than a regular avocado and almost shaped like a pickle or zuchini. But when opened, the inside is all delicious buttery avocado flesh - no pits or seeds in sight. Another thing that makes these avocados very different from your standard variety is that you can eat the skin as well.
The pitless avocados are grown in Spain and can be found in some specialty markets in the U.S. They are reportedly not genetically modified and actually grow naturally this way when they come from an unpollinated avocado blossom. Their growth is stunted from a lack of seed making them a smaller size, but tastes the same as a regular size pitted avocado. It’s possible that a rise in popularity and the whole “avocado hand” thing will lead more U.S. markets to carry these seedless avocados. But for now, check out your specialty grocery stores and talk to your produce managers if you want to get your hands on one of these pitless delights.
What do you think of the pitless avocado?
Does this sound like something you would like to see at your local supermarket?