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Why You Should Eat That Avocado Seed and How to Make it Tasty


It won’t take much convincing to get folks out and buying avocados. The merits of guacamole are not really up for debate: delicious, dippy, and delightful. The “good fat” tag is widely associated with the curious fruit and this quality can be utilized in a myriad of dishes, from salad dressings to pasta sauces to “ice cream.” Avocados are so diverse that they even spotlight in beauty products. One author (i.e. yours truly….) enjoys avos to such an extent that he currently lives on an avocado farm and couldn’t make it through this paragraph without grabbing one for a bit of mid-article snacking. That’s just how it goes when it comes to avocados.

Another thing that happens far too often is that we slice into the fresh fruit, knife the seed out, and toss it. It’s habitual. It feels right. We just want to get down to that delicious flesh, green and cool and creamy, perfect on sandwiches or atop salads or in the deeps of a smoothie. Even so, the seed is actually the most nutrient dense part of an avocado and it’s completely edible. We’ve been flippantly tossing away healthy goodness!

That’s right. Pick up your jaws, buckle in, and let’s take a look at the virtuousness that is an avocado seed and how we might take advantage of it.

What’s In An Avocado Seed?



Avocados are well known health promoters that are packed with vitamins and antioxidants that do wonders for our skin, blood, tissue and organs. But the seed is actually where most of the fruit’s nutritional potential resides. The seed holds 70 percent of the avocado’s antioxidants, including the well-respected polyphenols associated with green tea.

But … that’s not it! Avocado seeds have more soluble fiber than even top tier fiber providers. It has antioxidants that help regulate intestinal function and have even been shown to prevent tumor growth. Additionally, the oil within ups the amount of collagen in our skin, keeping it young and wrinkle-free, as well as shining up the hair so that we remain good-looking, too.

Why would we throw all of that amazingness in the trash?

Planting a Seed in Your Belly

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Most of us have, at some point in life, attempted to grow an avocado tree using the seed from our homemade guacamole, but we never thought of how else we might make use of the seed. Upon hearing it’s edible, it’s easy to assume that getting the seed fit for eating might be an ordeal, but dealing with avocado seeds, as an edible, isn’t actually all that complicated.

Simply take the seed from the avocado like normal and then knife it into quarters. This is much easier than it would seem. After that, the bits of seed can be thrown into a food processor, grinder or powerful blender to make powder. (Be sure the machine is up to the task). The resulting powder will be bitter and full of tannins, so it’s best use with other strong flavors, say in a green smoothie or juice, that’ll mask it a bit. About a half a seed is enough for one solid serving, and the other half can be saved for next time.

For a powder with a longer shelf life, the seeds can be dried prior to grinding. This can be done in a dehydrator or by setting the seeds on a sunny windowsill for a few days.

Some Good Recipes for Seed Experimentation

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Since avocado seeds are exceptionally bitter, it’s best to pair them with strong flavors that’ll overtake the seed’s tannins. Luckily, One Green Planet has plenty of great recipes to which avocado seeds can blend in seamlessly for an even healthier concoction. Check out these choices: Coconut Chocolate Chip Smoothie, Raw Avocado and Cacao Smoothie Shake, Basic Beginner Green Smoothie, Green Juice Detox or any of these.

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9 comments on “Why You Should Eat That Avocado Seed and How to Make it Tasty”

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Ross Loomes
10 Days ago

I\'ve been eating avocado seeds of about a year. I grate them with a simple grater and add them to my daily sandwich, stir fries, soups, etc. I haven\'t thrown one out since I heard how nutritious they are. I don\'t trust commercial outlets for information on eating as they seem to always be on the side of throwing food in the garbage and buying more.

Julia Brown
1 Years Ago

Please, don’t eat avocado seeds!
I wanted to use avocado seeds, since I thought it was a great idea, but I couldn\'t find any trusted information that they are safe to eat (some seeds are poisonous, so I wanted to be sure). Actually, I found some information suggesting that they may be unsafe, but this one seems to have the most comprehensive approach: http://www.nutritionmyths.com/is-avocado-seed-edible/ ‎
Also, you can check, the California Avocado advises no to eat them.

21 Jun 2017

I can\'t imagine how we survived long before researchers and scientists existed.... some people are obviously eating the seeds without problems, yet you wait for scientists? We\'d all have starved back then if we acted like this. The ones who didn\'t die or get sick from eating the plant proved the plant was safe to eat. Now we wait for men in white coats to tell us what to eat....

People are already eating it, they haven\'t died or gotten sick from it, I don\'t think we need the scientists to confirm what people have already discovered.

16 Sep 2017

Persin is in the skin and seed of avocados and can damage human cells. People eat the seeds and are fine, but some people smoke and are fine; it\'s best to be wise.

12 Dec 2017

I\'ve been eating them. No problems whatsoever. In fact, i just cut up a small avocado seed, grounded it along with flax seeds, mixed with cocoa butter and almond milk. Yumm!

Jon is JackedOnLife(.com)
1 Years Ago

Thank you! I started adding the avocado seed to my daily smoothie at Christmas, so it\'s been 3 months & I\'m still upright! At first, I wondered how my blender would \'do\' with it. I decided NOT to try cutting the slippery sucker into pieces since I knew I\'d cut a finger off, so I plopped the seed in whole & hit pulse a few times. My blender makes quick work of it, seemingly easier than some frozen fruit! Now I don\'t even hit pulse; just GO! So, all I do is cut the avocado in half, scoop out both sides, & blend away with many other yummy ingredients!

Knut Holt
1 Years Ago

Yes, you should definitely eat avocado seed. I do it myself and I see especially good effect on my skin. It is extremely rejuvinating for the skin and also good for the digestion. It is said to give s anti-cancer effect. Such effects also mean that it takes away age signs of the skin, since many of these signs are the first step towards canser.

I use to grind it and blend it with gound carrots.

But, when you start eating avocado seeds, take only a small amount the first times, since it contains many strong components some people may react against in their throut and digetion.

Cas Michel Gerarrd
1 Years Ago

May or may not be beneficial for Alzheimer's: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26812783 ***NOTE*** That this study only used EXTRACTS & not the entire seed-stuff.

Casey Mahoney
1 Years Ago

Bryant Webb Exhibit A of my case against removing the sliver of seed from our guacamole

Rosa Lea
1 Years Ago

Cant wait until these babies are ready. Nom nom.

Andrea Webb
1 Years Ago

It's toxic , I've known that since I was a small child

J.M. Rothfuss
12 Mar 2017

They are not toxic. The peel may make your pets sick, but not you.

Check this out: http://healthclover.com/avocado-seed-edible/

Clare Pugh
1 Years Ago

Tawla Jaad Aman Khangura but we tested this.... Big nope.

Wendy Kong
1 Years Ago

Cheehoi Anna


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