Meryl Streep needed hand surgery in 2012 after a kitchen mishap involving an avocado. Streep was way ahead of our time, as “avocado hand” is just now bursting onto the scene in kitchens across the globe — for the most ridiculous, embarrassing, cringe-worthy reason.
Here’s the deal: people are buying avocados at a record pace, stemming from a better understanding of the myriad of health benefits that come from eating the fleshy green fat.
But common sense doesn’t come easy to folks, as hospitals are seeing a surge in knife injuries that happen after well-meaning chefs attempt to slice an avocado while holding it in their hands.
Anne Burrell and Bobby Flay must be cringing. And yelling at the all the worst cooks in America to exercise some basic kitchen safety skills, please.
According to U.K. newspaper The Times, “avocado hand” is on the rise in London. The Times reported that staff at St.
Thomas’ Hospital in London have come to expect a “post-brunch surge” of hand injuries every Saturday.
Avocado hand: the most middle class injury ever? https://t.co/gPYDYjPnga
— Metro (@MetroUK) May 10, 2017
According to Simon Eccles, former president of the plastic surgery section of the Royal Society of Medicine,
he’s accustomed to treating a whopping four avocado-handed patients a week at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Some of these injuries run deep, causing nerve and tendon damage that is irreparable.
“People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them,” Eccles explained. “We don’t want to put people off the fruit, but I think warning labels are an effective way of dealing with this.”