I never knew that you could EAT the seed of an avocado. I only knew that keeping the pit in guacamole or in with pieces of avocado would keep it from browning so quickly. I saw a friend post about avocado pits, so I did some research:
Come to find out that avocado seeds contain higher levels of antioxidants such as catechins (also found in green tea) and procyandins that act as anti-inflammatory: reduce pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint function.
These two antioxidants also improve:
- heart health– reducing swelling in your arteries and veins will cause less strain on your heart when pumping blood throughout your body.
- blood circulation– reducing swelling in arteries and veins will help your body have improved blood circulation and less cold limbs.
- help regulate your digestive tract– due to soluble fiber. There is more soluble fiber in one avocado seed than in most vegetables
- help fight cancer as well as build glowing skin – due to the antioxidants that rebuild collagen, repair cell damage caused by free radicals, and actually improve the look and feel of your skin.
So how do you use the seed??
GREAT QUESTION! Don’t do what I did in the picture (unless you like spending a good amount of time grating lol) I found after researching more that you can simply take the seed from the avocado like normal and then knife it into quarters. This is much easier than it would seem ( JUST BE CAREFUL!). After that, the bits of seed can be thrown into a food processor or blender to make a powder (You only need half a seed per serving! You can save the other half of the seed by letting it dry out on a windowsill for a few days before grinding it up). The resulting powder will be bitter and full of tannins, so it’s best use with other strong flavors, say in a smoothie or a flavorful salad like the one I created in the picture.
Need a great recipe to get started?? Here are two Avocado Smoothie recipes:
Coconut Chocolate Smoothie
- 1/2 an avocado seed (powder form)
- 1/2 an avocado
- 8-10oz coconut milk
- 3tbs cocoa powder (I use Ovaltine or my Chocolate Shakeology)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- a few dashes of cinnamon
- 1/8 cup chocolate chips (optional)
*Put all ingredients in a blender (saving just about 5 choc chips for a garnish). Blend and top with remaining choc chips. ENJOY!
Green Power Smoothie
- 8-10oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 avocado seed (powdered form)
- 1/2 avocado (cut into pieces)
- 1 ripe pear (cut into pieces)
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 small piece of ginger root grated
- 1/2 an apple (cut into pieces)
*Place all ingredients into a blender. BLEND & ENJOY!