It seems that the forward march of the humble avocado is unstoppable.
Earlier this month we heard about the Hawaiian avocado "as big as my head" competing for a place in the record books.
Now Marks and Spencer is the first supermarket to sell an avocado cocktail without seeds, which could help avoid all those annoying avocado-related injuries.
The "avocado hand" apparently is the ruin of many middle class kitchens, which causes the fruit to carry warning labels.
Leading plastic surgeon Simon Eccles has said he treats four patients a week at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for knife wounds caused by cutting into the fruit.
But that should not be a problem with the new arrival on the shelves.
Cocktail avocados are five to eight centimeters long, with edible flesh and skin that M & S describes as "smooth and creamy".
They are grown in Spain and are the result of an unsupported avocado flower. 19659005] The fruit "is only available during December, when it is usually sent to a Parisian food market and bought by chefs for use in high-end restaurants." This year, M & S has been able to supply a limited number of avocados exclusively , "says the supermarket.
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Last year, M & S brought us mini and giant avocados.
And, of course, those of us with many memories will remember that it was M & S who introduced the avocado for the first time in 1968 in the United Kingdom. an "avocado pear" that people would eat with cream.
"Charlotte Curtis, M & S agronomist, says:" We had the mini, the giant, cut into slices and now we are launching the Holy Grail of the avocados – without stone. "
There is" about "five in a package that weighs 250g and costs £ 2. A normal avocado costs £ 1.30 at M & S at this time.
What we do not know is how many of the variety cocktails you'll need for your avocado crushed on toasted bread of sourdough.
This is not any avocado, it's an avocado without stones.
So, the avocado cocktail test is, as they say, in food.
It seems like a Gherkin, reflects a colleague as I prepare for the last sacrifice.
And he's right, yes, but when I chewed on him, he has all the creaminess of an ordinary ripe avocado.
Initially, I'm not so sure about the Edible skin, it's definitely thin and smooth enough: my teeth sink completely.
But it seems to reduce the creaminess a bit, maybe a slight bitter taste that I do not associate with the avocado.
Actually, however , as I move slowly amente, I get used more. And you can always peel it, of course.