There's a machine that stops avocados going brown and OMG we need it
Everyone we know, including us, is still pretty obsessed with avocado toast (or, actually, just avocados in general). We love to put chilli flakes on ours, with a squeeze of lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste – simple but effective, don’t you think?
People love avocados so much, in fact, that they’ve even turned them into burger buns and roses. There might even be an avocado shortage coming, people are consuming the precious green delicacies so much.
While avocados might be totally delicious and hella healthy, however, one thing still irks us.
Avocados go pretty brown and gross quickly once you cut them open.
Ergh. This might be one of life’s most annoying and upsetting processes.
While we know that a little spritz of lemon juice and some tight saran wrap will (hopefully) keep the other half of our beloved avocado nice and green, it’s not always the case that this stops the browning purpose occurring.
Avocados go brown because, when put in contact with the air, an enzyme causes the flesh to oxidize. By covering an avocado in lemon juice and saran wrap it helps stop the oxidization process, although not for long.
That’s why one company in Australia have decided to solve all our avocado woes and build a MACHINE that can stop these green beauties from going brown.
The Natavo Zero is a machine that completely inhibits, or as they say “switches off,” the oxidization process previously mentioned by using steam, which also helps prevents the growth of disease causing bacteria.
Basically, what this means is that ill-fated avocado shortage we mentioned earlier might not actually come to pass.
Speaking to Mashable, Jeff Hastings, an agricultural engineer at the company Naturo Technologies which invented the Natavo Zero, said that the machine just accepts sliced and cut avocado where they are treated for 4-6 minutes.
Okay, so we’re going to need one of these, like, yesterday.
Unfortunately, at the moment the machines only deal with large quantities of avocados, with two models able to work at 250 kilograms (551 lbs) and 500 kilograms (1,102 lbs) an hour. These are, essentially, for mass production.
“Our focus is definitely on the industry, [to those] who provide a finished product to consumers, like fast food restaurants or airlines,”Hastings said to Mashable. “However, it’s not impossible for us to develop a consumer scale product in future.”
*EXTREME SAD FACE*
We guess until this machine makes its way into our kitchens, we’re going to have just stick to some lemon juice, saran wrap, and a lot of good will.