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Tesco has started selling tiny ‘reject’ avocados in recyclable egg boxes

The UK supermarket hopes that its Zilla Eggs, which are a third of the size of normal avocados, will help combat food waste.

Avocados are so popular in Europe, the US and China that wholesale prices recently surged by more than 50%. But despite such strong demand, under-pressure growers have been forced to discard smaller varieties in case supermarkets reject them.

Now, however, Tesco has started selling snack-sized avocados to prevent them from going to waste. The UK supermarket’s Zilla Eggs, which come in packs of six, taste the same as their larger counterparts.

James Cantoni, Tesco’s avocado buyer, said the smaller avocados will also help prevent waste after they’ve been purchased.

“They are perfect for customers who want to snack, without the usual fuss or worry of wasting the other half of the avocado,” he explained. “And it also helps producers who are able to sell even more of their avocado crop.”

The Zilla Eggs, which weigh 70g each compared to the normal 200g, will be available in 100 of the supermarket’s stores until stocks last.