Smashed avocados is one of those things that divide lovers of the yummy green fruit. Some swear by it for ease of spreading and masticating, others are totally revolted by its texture and wish it was a trend that would disappear.
That latter group may just get its wish as smashed avocado has been cited as a reason why millenials can’t buy houses by revered social demographer Bernard Salt.
In his column for Weekend Australian, Salt gave millennials - people born between the mid-1980s and 2000 – some cold hard smashed facts about why they needed to stop complaining about housing affordability.
“I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more,” Salt wrote.
“I can afford to eat this for lunch because I am middle-aged and have raised my family. But how can young people afford to eat like this?
“Shouldn't they be economising by eating at home? How often are they eating out? Twenty-two dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house.”
Several days later the war wages on with millenials furious at Salt’s comments. Here are a couple of the many Tweets (see Instagram posts below).
Cafés are also concerned that their clientele will start turning on their green mush.
In response, trendy hipster cafes across the nation are starting to slash the price of the smash in a bid to help young people save up for a deposit on a home.
Little Big Sugar Salt in Melbourne's Abbotsford has introduced a new penny-saver version of smashed avocado on toast called The Retirement Plan. The difference between this new $10 dish and the more luxe version which sells for $17, is that it has no goat's curd and beetroot kraut and instead is simply avocado, Vegemite and tomato on toast .
Around Sydney, café blackboards are now boasting such specials as Home Saver's Signature Avocado and The Millennial.
The hashtag #smashedavo is also going off on Instagram as people choose the café delicacy over buying a house and post their food choice to the world.
The first post below was captioned: "Was gonna buy a house today but I decided on this #smashedavo on rye instead... sorry #bernardsalt"
This one above was captioned: "Smashed avocado for dinner. #bernardsalt do you think I can afford a house if I make it myself instead of going to cafes? What about if I have it every meal... probably still can't afford a house 😂#dinner #smashedavo #avocado #madeitmyself #loveavo". And it got a response from Avocados Australia: "Who even needs a house when you have smashed Avo on toast?"
Do you think the attack on such a cafe staple is fair?