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How to avoid Avocado Hand

avocado insider scoop

I learned how to avoid avocado hand from the masters of avocados – Jan DeLyser and Marji Morrow of the California Avocado Commission.

After dire warnings about the scourge of “Avocado Hand” injuries made the rounds last year, I thought I’d put together a little video to talk about the easiest way to avoid it, and the only tool you need for avocados.

But, because I’m *extra* like this, I can’t just stop there.

What does Avocado Hand have to do with SmartWool socks? More than you’d think!

I decided to put a gizmo I saw on the internet a few months back to work, and tried my … hand … at ripening avocados in the Avocado Sock.

I used my friend Amber, who recently moved back to the U.S. from an overseas military assignment, as a guinea pig, and Amber shared her experiences buying avocados in Europe. Spoiler alert: They were often spoiled.

We also tested one of the greatest mysteries about avocados out there:

Why do some have giant pits, and some have tiny little nothing pits, and how can you tell without cutting?

A grower told me a theory, and we put it into practice – with science!

Have fun learning all about avocados, just in time for the largest avocado consuming event of the year: The Super Bowl.

Bonus content: 

If the 18-minute version of the video above is TL;DR, I chopped it into chapters for you with a nifty new tool. Check it out:


Pamela Riemenschneider is the Retail Editor for Blue Book Services.