Stoneless avocados with edible skins hit the shelves this winter

  • By Heena Patel

 Stoneless avocados with edible skins


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British store, Marks and Spencer has become one of the world’s first supermarkets to launch a new type of avocado without a stone, that can be eaten whole.

 

The supermarket chain has said the fruit could reduce kitchen accidents when attempting to prepare the slippery fruit.

 

Those worried about injury can still enjoy an avocado or two, thanks to the supermarket’s new ‘cocktail avocados’ which do not have a stone and can be eaten skin and all.

 

Although they can be eaten whole, it is possible to peel them. You do this by waiting until the fruit is ripe, cutting off one end and squeezing the flesh out  from the bottom like toothpaste from a tube.

 

The groundbreaking fruit is the result of an unpollinated avocado blossom, and develops without a seed. They are only five to eight centimetres in length.

 

Because of their dinky appearance, M&S has said they are perfect for salads and garnishes, and for a lunchbox snack as they do not require any peeling or chopping.

 

According to the supermarket, the flesh is smooth and creamy, pale in colour and rich in flavour.

 

Previously reserved for restaurants, these avocados are only available in December, and grown in Spain.

 

The fruit is apparently delicious deep-fried as well as eaten in traditional forms.

 

The miniature fruit however will set you back. The smaller cousin of the avocado we are all used to is selling this year for £2 per fruit on average, well above the per kg price of traditional avocados.

 

Charlotte Curtis, M&S agronomist, said: “We’ve had the mini, the giant, ready-sliced and we’re now launching the holy grail of avocados – stoneless! This amazing fruit has been on our radar for a couple of years and we’re very excited to have finally been able to get hold of some for our customers to try. We know they will be in demand and we’ve only been able to get our hands on a limited amount so make sure you get them while you can! They’re perfect for snacking and lunchboxes as they can be eaten whole but can also be used for a beautiful garnish or in a salad. My top tip is to try them deep fried!”

 

Whilst it is clearly in the supermarket’s interest to drum up hype for the fruit over the festive season, there is an annual demand for the Spanish delacasy in restaurants. It is nice to see the fruit becoming available to individuals.

 

Avocados are a good source of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K and potassium.


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