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Creative Ways to Use Avocado Pits You Never Knew

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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.

Did You Know?

Avocados have been traced back to the state of Puebla, Mexico as far back 10,000 BCE!

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.

  1. Wash the avocado pit under cool water taking care not to remove the brown skin.
  2. Stick three or four toothpicks around the middle of the pit with the pointy end up.
  3. Place the rounded end in a glass of water using the toothpicks to suspend it so the bottom just touches the water’s surface.
  4. Put the glass in a sunny spot and change the water regularly. Be patient, and in a few weeks a sprout will emerge.
  5. 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.

Did You Know?

It can take up to 13 years for an avocado tree to mature from seed to one that bears fruit.

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!

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6 Comments

  1. I have found this to be very informative and look forward to trying some of these.

  2. I just saw a video about this and they were grating a raw peeled pit on the large holes of a cheese grater. I think they mentioned using this grated pit in salads, soups, and whatever (the video was in Spanish so I was only able to figure out a small part of it.) So apparently Hispanic folks eat it raw.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Naomi,
      Huh. I’d never heard of that before. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!

  3. Leaving the pit in the guacamole to keep it green is a myth. If you want to make guac and keep it green until serving or keep leftover guac fresh. Place into glass bowl or glass storage container with a tight fitting lid. Smooth the top of the guacamole with a spatula. Gently pour cold water onto the top of the guacamole without disturbing the surface. Place into fridge.
    When ready to serve again, carefully pour the water off the top and give it a stir.
    It should keep leftovers for 24 hours.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thanks for the tip.

  4. Thanks for the post. I was also just recently introduced to the idea of keeping the pit for tea purposes. My parents both drink 1 cup twice a day and find the health benefits great. I’m also considering starting, just to see if I’d benefit from it as well.

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