Avocado hand is a real thing and it’s being called a middle class menace.
According to the secretary of The Times, knife injuries related to cutting avocados has grown at such a significant rate that The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons is actually calling for safety labels on the fruit.
Apparently, the phenomenon is not isolated to the U.K. either. In an intereview with Jezebel regarding ‘avocado hand,’ Dr. Nader Paksima, explains that it’s a classic injury that typically spikes around the celebrations of Cinco de Mayo.
Paksima, an orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone’s Hand Center, explains that it’s a seasonal injury that happens when people aren’t paying attention. The doctor explains that “avocado hand” is a seasonal occurance: “All the sudden, it’s Cinco de Mayo, people are making a bunch of guacamole, and then you’ll see a couple.”
While some injuries are less severe than others, some serious injuries can result in nerve laceration and outpatient surgery.
As a result of this seasonal phenomenon, some doctors are advocating for warning lables on avocados. “We don’t want to put people off the fruit, but I think warning labels are an effective way of dealing with this,” British plastic surgeon Simon Eccles told The Times.
In light of the growing wave of avocado injuries, please take a moment to review the proper way to cut an avocado – without lacerating a nerve or chopping a tendon: