When Meryl Streep showed up to do interviews for her 2014 film “Hope Springs,” her bandaged hand looked like she had fended off a bear attack. Alas, it was just Avacado Hand.
That’s right — there’s a “new” injury gaining popularity, and people are calling it Avocado Hand.
Not to downplay it. This injury — basically, a knife slice to the palm — can actually result in permanent damage, calling on some to request warning labels that could scar the avocado’s reputation as a friendly fruit.
Avocado Hand occurs when someone tries to slice into an avocado, and the knife goes rogue, drawing blood and a yowling cry of agony. It might sounds like a silly mishap, but it can actually lead to big problems.
The palm, after all, is a precarious place to suffer a good cut, and Avocado Hand can require surgery and a minimum of 12 weeks of recovery.
Ouch! All that for a little guacamole with your chips.
And it’s not just an injury Americans suffer while watching the Super Bowl. Simon Eccles, a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, said he treats four patients a week for Avocado Hands, which might explain why his group called for avocado warning labels (and presumably purchases ready-made guacamole).
The London Times even called it a “global phenomenon.”
Luckily, experts like Martha Stewart have their finger on the pulse of food-related injuries — we’ll save Pitta Burn and Parmesan Grater Wrist for future blog posts — and are here to offer (ahem) handy advice on how to avoid avocado-induced wounds. One key, Stewart tells us, is to protect yourself by placing a damp cloth between the avocado and your hand. Use a smaller (but sharp) knife, she recommends, then cut the fruit in half. From there, twist the two segments until one side comes off, exposing the pit.
To get the pit out, you’re gonna bury the edge of that knife into it, which means you need to make sure that cloth is still in place. From there, you can place the avocado on a cutting board, keeping your palm out of harm’s way.
So don’t fear the avocado — just be careful out there.
Avocados, by the way, are readily available at your local farmers’ market.