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M&S launches stoneless avocados

M&S launches stoneless avocados

Cocktail avocados are about five-to-eight centimetres long, with an edible skin and flesh which M&S describes as "smooth and creamy".

The so-called Cocktail Avocados are entirely edible, which means you can eat the skin as well. They are grown in Spain - home of the tragic "low-fat" avocado - and are only available during December, making them the most exclusive fruit to hit the shelves this season.

Marks & Spencer has begun selling a stoneless avocado that could help banish the pain of "avocado hand".

They're just 2 to 3 inches in length, earning them the nickname "cocktail avocado".

The fruit might look a little unusual, but it apparently tastes just like a regular Haas avocado. If you've ever experienced that tragedy, you know how disappointing it can be.

Its form is the result of unpollinated blossom and develops without a seed.

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"This fantastic 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", Charlotte Curtis, a food technology specialist at M&S, told The Independent.

"They're flawless for snacking and lunchboxes as they can be eaten whole but can also be used for a handsome garnish or in a salad", she said.

Earlier this year, plastic surgeon Simon Eccles suggested that avocados should carry warning labels following a rise in the number of knife injuries from cutting into the fruit, but M&S is confident its new offering will prove the ideal solution and suggests trying the traditionally healthy snack deep fried.

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The best part, of course, is that no matter what you make, you can prepare these dishes without fear of a pit-related injury.