The practice of incorrectly slicing the fruit is leaving many with injuries
Ah, the humble avocado - the cornerstone of many a bowl of guacamole, the foundation of countless brunches globally.
The lumpy green-skinned fruit, with its healthy mono-saturated fat, would previously have ranked as one of the least harmful food stuffs on the pyramid - until recently.
As its popularity as an ingredient as increased, so to have injuries related to slicing it - a condition which medical professionals have christened 'avocado hand'.
The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has reported that there has been a significant rise in the number of people presenting with "serious stab and slash injuries" after attempting to cut the fruit.
The organisation has reported that in many cases, patients require further surgery to repair severed tendons and nerves as well as cosmetic procedures to improve aesthetics.
Speaking to the publication, Simon Eccles, secretary of the association, said: "People do not anticipate that the avocados they buy can be very ripe and there is minimal understanding of how to handle them.
"We don’t want to put people off the fruit but I think warning labels are an effective way of dealing with this. It needs to be recognisable. Perhaps we could have a cartoon picture of an avocado with a knife, and a big red cross going through it?"
The doctor reports that up to four patients each week present to A&E in St Thomas' Hospital in London with wounds caused by an avocado accident, and staff have dubbed the injury 'avocado hand'.
If you're still not sure, Jamie Oliver's gone to the trouble of recording his easy instructional video for you.