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13 May 2017, 01:08 | Violet Powell
Have you injured yourself trying to eat a fruit or vegetable?
Simon Eccles, the former president of the plastic surgery sector at the Royal Society of Medicine, said he treats four patients a week due to avocado hand injuries.
Avocado-related injuries are becoming so widespread that The Times of London reported on the uptick in avocado hand.
If you cut yourself slicing food for a meal, you can usually garner a little sympathy - especially if you're bleeding all over your dinner. The problem stems from accidents occurring when a knife slips while preparing avocado and (ow! ow! ow!) cuts deep into your hand.
Now, medical professionals are calling for supermarkets to put safety labels on them, advising customers how to deal with the hard shell skin and tricky-to-remove smooth brown stone inside them.
Protect your hand with a hot pad or folded dishtowel: As an extra precaution, hold the avocado half using a hot pad or dishtowel to protect your hand.
And now, what seems like one of the simplest tasks has turned into an ER nightmare: Cutting avocados.
There you have it, avocado lovers - be careful when you operate with the, obviously, hazardous fruit. It needs to be recognisable.
It's avocado season again, and with mountains of the ripe, pear-shaped fruit practically begging to be turned into guacamole or added to a salad, learning how to pit an avocado correctly should be top of any amateur chef's to-do list.
We spoke to Francis Agyepong, Executive Chef at Christopher's in Covent Garden, to find out exactly how you should safely and efficiently chop your avocado. And always use a sharp knife so it doesn't slip off the stone.
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