So, today we read that increasing numbers of people have been fighting with their avocados, and that avos are fighting back. And winning.

So many of us are hurting ourselves as we wrestle with that pesky pip that The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons is today calling for safety labels to be put on avocados.

The leading plastic surgeon who heads up the Association says he treats about four people a week and staff at St Thomas’ Hospital A & E in London report a regular post-brunch surge on Saturdays.

So, in the interests of helping you eat AND live well (and to cut down on the work load of our lovely NHS staff), here is our guide to cutting an avocado.

Stay safe out there, people.

  1. Cup the avocado in your hand, and place it on the chopping board with your hand on the top, face down.
  2. Slice the avocado in half lengthways, with the skin still on. Twist to separate.
  3. If you can’t simply take out the stone with your fingers, place the avocado on the counter top (not in your hand), carefully wedge the knife into the stone, twist and pull.
  4. If you’re cutting it into wedges, carry on cutting with the skin still on – they’ll peel off easily at the end.
  5. Don’t forget to keep any avocado you’re not using fresh and fit to eat next time by squeezing some lemon juice on them. And if you’re keeping half in the fridge, keep the stone in and wrap it in cling film.