Marks & Spencer launches stoneless avocados

The skin is edible too

Rachel Hosie
Thursday 07 December 2017 12:19 GMT

Marks & Spencer is launching the British high street’s first stoneless avocado.

Known as cocktail avocados due to their small size, the launch follows the success of the mini and giant avocados last year.

The cocktail avocados are small elongated fruits, measuring around five to eight centimetres in length.

Considering ‘avocado hand’ has proven itself to be one of the most perilous injuries of our time, the stoneless avocado could revolutionise our brunches.

Rather than the result of genetic modification, the avocados are formed by an unpollinated avocado blossom.

The fruit develops without a seed which in turns stops the growth, creating a small, seedless fruit.

What’s more, the skin is actually edible, unlike a regular avocado. The flesh is much like that of a normal avocado - smooth and creamy, pale in colour and rich in flavour.

Avocado-lovers don’t have long to get their hands on the revolutionary fruit though - they're grown in Spain and only available during December.

(M&S) (M&S)

The cocktail avocados are usually sent to Paris where they’re used by top chefs. But M&S have sourced a small number of them to sell in-store.

Charlotte Curtis, M&S agronomist, says: “We’ve had the mini, the giant, ready-sliced and we’re now launching the holy grail of avocados – stoneless!

“This amazing fruit has been on our radar for a couple of years and we’re very excited to have finally been able to get hold of some for our customers to try.

“We know they will be in demand and we’ve only been able to get our hands on a limited amount so make sure you get them while you can!

“They’re perfect for snacking and lunchboxes as they can be eaten whole but can also be used for a beautiful garnish or in a salad. My top tip is to try them deep fried!”

Brits’ love of avocados shows no sign of slowing down, with Iceland making waves earlier this year with their launch of frozen pre-sliced avocado.

Everyone’s favourite source of healthy fats is now available in stoneless, miniature form for £2 a pack in M&S.

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