By Bridget Sharkey – Magicvalley.com
Avocados are one of Mother Nature’s most delicious and versatile fruits. (Yes, avocados are a fruit!) And now farmers in Spain have made them even more spectacular by growing avocados without a pit.
Known as ‘cocktail avocados,’ they are smaller than the average avocado, and instead are about the size of a pickle. They have no stone, and their flesh is edible.
The process behind their creation is actually quite simple. The farmers keep a Fuerte avocado blossom from being pollinated, which in turn stops it from growing a pit, and also stunts its growth — thus giving us a small cocktail avocado with no pit and an edible exterior.
Once ripe, you can cut off one end of the cocktail avocado and squeeze the whole fruit out, just like you would squeeze toothpaste out of a tube. Voila! It’s that easy.
In fact, this ease of cutting is part of the reason why so many people are excited about this new avocado variation. Cutting avocados has long been a point of stress in many people’s kitchens, as it’s easy to cut your hand (an injury called “avocado hand”) while dicing an avocado if you aren’t careful.
Remember when Meryl Streep showed up to a movie premiere with a huge bandage on her hand? That happened because she badly cut herself while trying to dice an avocado! This stuff’s serious, y’all!
It’s about time these cocktail avocados came into existence. We can’t have our Hollywood treasures risking life and limb just to enjoy a little guac.
But here is some bad news: Cocktail avocados are only available in December, and thus far, only Europeans who shop at the British grocery chain Marks & Spencer have been lucky enough to snag this awesome creation.
However, you could still try to find a Fuerte avocado in your local grocery store, as these are available from November to February. Haas avocados are by far the most popular type of avocado sold in the United States, but the California export Fuerte has a wonderful mild flavor and a beautiful green skin.
If you are lucky enough to find a Fuerte (or if you live in California, where Fuertes are quite popular), then try this amazing recipe from the blog Kirbie’s Cravings for chocolate avocado banana bread! You will never want plain old banana bread again.
Would you try a cocktail avocado, given the chance? Let us know in the comments!