Why You Should Stop Removing an Avocado Pit with a Knife

While scouring the internet for one thing or another, we stumbled upon an article on Jezebel, simply titled Beware ‘Avocado Hand’ and, as any essential fatty acid-lover would, we clicked in right away. Everyone knows avocados are popular. We recently covered the new, NYC-based avocado restaurant’s epic opening, and we’ve heard that avocado prices are rising. What we weren’t aware of, though is that avocados and injuries go hand-in-hand. Slicing an avocado, it turns out, is risky business.

When we said “hand-in-hand,” we actually meant something more along the lines of “blade-in-hand.” Apparently, a recent upsurge in avocado popularity coincided eerily with an increase in hand injuries in the emergency room.

The article quotes Simon Eccles, secretary of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons and the former president of the plastic surgery section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Eccles believes that people don’t know how to properly handle and, thus, slice an avocado. His suggestion? Warning labels.

“Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?” Eccles posits. Accidents and, thus, injuries can occur while slicing any food, so where would these warning labels end?

The article continues with a quote from The New York Times. It reads, “These characteristics have earned the avocado a reputation as one of the most dangerous foods to cut.” So why are they so dangerous?

The answer is the pits. No, it’s not “the pits” but, rather, the hard, brown, physical pits. People go to push the pit out with the blade and, on occasion, slice through the flesh of the fruit and into the flesh of their own hand.

How can you avoid avocado-related injury? After slicing the avocado in half very carefully, remove the pit with a spoon. If your spoon slices you, you probably need a smoother spoon!