I’ve watched a few friends attempt to open up an avocado on occasion and remove the pit.
Sometimes the whole thing slips out of their hands and lands on the floor (cut side down).
Sometimes the knife slips and they stab themselves in the hand.
More often than not they simply end up massacring the avocado by squeezing it too tightly. No one wants to eat squashed avocado. Unless it’s guacamole. Then, my friends, we have a different story all together.
It’s really deceptively simple.
Remove the little stem nubbin at the top so it doesn’t interfere with your knife. Cut through the nubbin hole straight to the centre. Bring your knife around the avocado, running around the pit, until you come full circle.
Twist the halves to separate.
Then, with the flat of your knife flush with the avocado flesh, dig the edge a little into the pit and, using the stiff edge of the peel as a fulcrum, simply flip up the knife, taking the pit out of the avocado without damaging the soft flesh.
Then you can make a nick in the skin and peel it away without damaging the flesh on that side either. Or at least not much.