Of the more than 2.5 billion pounds of avocados consumed annually in the United States, more than 8 million pounds are consumed on Super Bowl Sunday, according to Google and Wikipedia. The Haas Avocado Company, through its board, shares a much higher number; more than 162 million pounds of avocados are consumed during the big game.
Between the seven-layer dip and the guacamole, nearly 9,000 hand injuries happen annually. More than half of those injuries occur during Super Bowl weekend. That leaves about 25 people daily seeking emergency care and surgery in extreme cases, due to avocado hand.
That’s a lot of people slicing and dicing America’s favorite fruit. It’s the pits if you get taken out of the action due to injury before the big game ever begins.
Be careful while prepping game food. Avocados are a soft and squirmy food, so people take radical measures to remove the pit. Missing the fruit or the pit may leave you caught red-handed. You don’t want to bleed on the guacamole.
We’ve heard a similar argument:
It’s not the avocado itself that’s the problem, but the way the fruit is handled.
Place the blame wherever you will, these tips may help:
- Don’t hold the fruit in your hand while removing the pit
- Don’t stab the pit
- Don’t rush
- Don’t slice down, slice around
Make an avocado sandwich by placing the avocado between your hand and the counter. Slice around the fruit. Give a quarter turn and repeat the process to magically quarter your avocado without injury. Use caution when removing the pit. Don’t use a jabbing motion with the knife. A butter knife is a better option for slicing the fruit in your hand, and my option of choice. Also, use a spoon to remove the fruit if it doesn’t free itself easily.
Only you can prevent avocado injuries.
If you’re feeling embarrassed by having an avocado hand, you are not alone. Meryl Streep promoted her movie “Hope Springs” with a bandaged hand from a bad experience while slicing an avocado.
And, Tom Brady reportedly loves avocado ice cream. The New England Patriot cut his hand before the AFC championship in 2018.
If you’ve injured yourself while slicing an avocado, hopefully, you live to tell the story. The family probably laughs about the tale during the Super Bowl each year. Maybe you’ve gotten so good at handling avocados that you’ve become a legend in your own right. Perhaps the accident has led you to become an avocado aficionado.
Whatever your story, you should not give up the food you enjoy because it could be dangerous.
Avocados are good for you. Keep enjoying them for health benefits:
- Good fats
Avocados are good for the heart, vision, and reduce the risk of various cancers.
Now you know how to keep avocados from being a hazard or a danger.
Don’t get caught avocado-handed.
To spoof from the most interesting man in the world, especially if you drink Dos Equis:
Avocados may be the most interesting fruit in the world. Stay safe, my friends.