According to The Times, British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has noticed an increase in injuries resulting from people trying to cut avocados with knives. The condition, which sees many patients rushed into emergency rooms, has been dubbed “avocado hand”.
Dr. Simon Eccles, the former president of the plastic surgery section of the Royal Society of Medicine says that many people are unaware of how soft the delightful fruit is and often push too fast into it with knives and cutting themselves.
Unfortunately, nobody is spared of this kind of accident, and Joy Behar from The View has also fallen victim. She was absent from the show on Monday, no thanks to an injury she sustained while trying to cut an avocado.
Saturday night, on my way to the event at the retreat, I stabbed myself in the hand with a knife. I was trying to desperately eat something, so I was trying to open up an avocado and I stuck the knife into the pit to get it out … and I stabbed myself.
She told viewers on the show the next day that she “never had pain quite so intense, it was awful.” The hospital decided to keep Bahar overnight for observation and had an antibiotic drip running every six hours.
Later on the show, she was given a gift of a protective glove and an avocado slicer. Though she received them with thanks, she still joked about letting someone else do the cutting for her.
I was thinking instead of this, I’m going to leave the dicing to Rachael Ray and I’m only going to buy ready-made guacamole.
Avocado accidents can be avoided if precautions are taken before cutting. Preferably, use a chopping board or plate and a knife instead of holding the fruit in the hand. Place the fruit on its side and slide the knife all the way around.
Then use a spoon and scoop out the core. Voila, your nicely cut avocado without injury.