The next time you eat an avocado or make a perfect batch of guacamole, don’t throw away the seeds! They might seem a big pill to swallow at first glance. Fortunately, I don’t think you do. But, the ingestion of the seed may have health benefits not just the skin.
In fact, as I sit here writing this, I listen to a group of doctors talking about avocados and how good they are for our health. The creamy flesh has long been considered as good for our skin, hair, weight loss, digestive health, and blood sugar balance.
We’re used to eating the avocado flesh part and it’s filled with nutrients. However, it appears that the seed is also. It contains fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, flavonoids, and phenols. Although there are still some questions from a few many practitioners and non-professionals agree that these are beneficial to our health, like reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.
So, it makes only sense that a closer look at the fruit’s root is in order. Or the seed, where all the nutrients come from. But, chewing is like rock and far too large to swallow whole. Luckily, there’s an easy way to prepare the seed so you can add it to your diet.
Preparing the Seed
First, you’ll need to extract the seed from the flesh. This can often be messy and difficult. But, there’s one little trick I’ve learned.
Slice the avocado lengthwise with skin outside intact, as seen below.
Tap into the seed with a large and sharp knife.
Once the knife has taken hold of the seed; twist it until it pops out.
Next, you will need to prepare the seed(s). You do this by the following method:
1. Rinse the seed.
2. Place them in an oven to dehydrate at 250° F for 2 hours.
3. After dehydration, the outer skin of the seed can easily be removed.
4. Use a large knife to slice the seeds.
5. Put into a high-powered blender or coffee grinder.
6. Pulse until it turns into a powder.
Now, what do you do with this powder?
Using the Avocado Seed Powder
Once you’ve got the powder ready, find ways to ingest it. I will advise you to use it in moderation, though, until you know how well you can tolerate it. Besides studies that are still being carried out, it appears to have a strong flavor. I found it bitter. So, you might not want to eat it in some other stuff without camouflaging it. You can apply the powder to your diet in several ways, such as adding 1-2 teaspoons to:
Of course, this is not a substitute for eating the flesh. It’s a nice and nutritious fruit to consume and it tastes good. But, there can be times you don’t have fresh avocados on hand or just want a break yet don’t want the nutrients lost out on. So, if you happen to eat an avocado twice a week and want a break, it might be a nice choice for you to add the powder to your diet a few times a week.
Note however, that it is not recommended to drink large quantities of something. It isn’t supposed to be a daily substitute. In other words, the use of seed powder for avocado is gaining in popularity. But keep in mind, there are still some critics at the act of doing so.
Storing the Avocado Powder
You can store the unused portion of the powder in a container and place it in the freezer.