Are you an avocado toast or guacamole fan? I could eat avocados every day not tire of them, but I used to feel so bad about throwing the pits away. As you may know, I’m not a fan of wasting kitchen scraps, so I wondered if I could eat them. It turns out, you can! And there are several other surprising uses for those big brown seeds in your avocado, too.
How to Eat Avocado Pits
Avocado pits, according to food chemistry studies, contain several vitamins and fiber which can do your body a world of good. But if you’ve ever eaten an avocado, you know you can’t just bite into the pit. So, here’s how to turn those tough pits into something you can eat.
- Chopped like nuts: Carefully cut the avocado seed into quarters with a sharp knife then, pulse them in a blender or food processor. Add chopped avocado pits anywhere you’d use seeds or nuts.
- Powdered: Spread sliced avocado pits on a baking sheet and oven-dry them for 4 hours at 180°F (83°C). Once cool, use a food processor to turn them into powder to use in baked goods, smoothies, or anywhere you’d like a boost of fiber.
- In a tea: Brew the chopped avocado pit in boiling water for10 minutes, strain, sweeten and serve.
Grow An Avocado Tree from the Pit
Growing up in California, I always envied my friends who had avocado trees in their backyards. No matter how many times I tried to grow one from a seed, it didn’t work. Turns out, I needed a lot more patience than I had back then.
- Wash the avocado pit under cool water taking care not to remove the brown skin.
- Stick three or four toothpicks around the middle of the pit with the pointy end up.
- Place the rounded end in a glass of water using the toothpicks to suspend it so the bottom just touches the water’s surface.
- Put the glass in a sunny spot and change the water regularly. Be patient, and in a few weeks a sprout will emerge.
- Keep changing the water until the sprout is 5-6 inches tall, then you can plant it in rich potting soil with good drainage.
Don’t give up after just a couple of weeks. As long as the avocado pit isn’t rotting, there’s still a chance it will turn into a tree. I’ve had them take as long as three months! As for getting more avocados out of it? Well, that’s far more patience than I have even now.
Avocado Pit Wind Chime
To make an avocado pit wind chime that creates a melodic woodblock sound when the breeze blows, start by gently washing the seeds then let them dry on a sunny windowsill. Once they’re completely dry, drive an eye hook screw into the fat ends and hang them from a suspended hoop.
Exfoliating Body Scrub
Stir powdered avocado pit into olive oil, coconut oil, or your favorite body wash. After showering, use a washcloth to apply the mixture to rough knees and elbows, rubbing in a circular motion to remove dry flakes. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and seal the moisture in with body lotion.
Moisturizing Facial Mask
Mash together half of a fresh avocado, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 2 tablespoons of powdered avocado pit. Apply this to your clean, damp face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Gently rinse the avocado pit face mask with a warm, damp cloth and pat your skin dry to reveal your softened, exfoliated skin.
Avocado Seed Pendant
Dry out an avocado pit then separate the halves and remove the brown skin. Drill a hole at the small end then use an eXacto knife or screw driver to carve designs, add a leather string, polish the seed with a tiny amount of mineral oil, and you’ve got a creative piece of custom jewelry.
Rose-Gold Fabric Dye
To make a beautiful, all-natural rose-gold dye, chop up several avocado pits as described and add them to a jar containing 1 part household ammonia and 2 parts water. Close the lid tightly and let the pits soak in the mixture for several days, shaking it now and then. After a week, strain the mixture and use it to dye fabric or yarn a beautiful hue.
Do you know of any other uses for avocado pits? Let’s crowdsource a list in the comments!