I love avocados. Their versatility goes far beyond guacamole and if you have ever tried a chocolate pudding or brownies made with avocado and did not know you were eating this tropical fruit, then you know what I mean.
I would eat them every day if I could. Well, let me validate that last part. Since they are not available all year, I do not eat any vegetable nor fruit that isn’t from the country I live in (Spain) somewhere in Europe. I don’t need strawberries in winter exported from somewhere in South America and the same philosophy goes for the avocado. Fortunately, we do have a long season here.
But one thing has always bothered me a little. Such a big seed (stone, pit) seems so…wasted unless you want to grow an avocado tree. However – surprise – it’s we who waste it.
- 70% of the whole fruit’s nutritional value is in the seed.
- 30% is in the flesh and skin (but who would eat the skin?)
- The darker green just next to the skin has more concentration of phytonutrients than the rest of the flesh.
Full of antioxidant phytochemicals, including flavanols and proanthocyanidins and more fibre than oatmeal, avocado seed powder is excellent for gastrointestinal inflammation and diarrhea. It is used in folk medicine in South America for treating dysentery as well. Avocado seed also benefits cardiovascular health and helps prevent strokes. That’s just the short list.
How to Make Avocado Seed Powder
Rinse the seed, cut it into quarters and allow to dry out in the sun (under a net food umbrella), use a dehydrator or the next time you use your oven on low temperatures allow to ‘bake’. After about an hour, the brown skin will easily come off. You should still be able to slice the pieces. Use your favourite method to pulverize (electric coffee grinder, nut grinder, small blender).
Store in the refrigerator and either sprinkle over your food as a seasoning (it is slightly bitter) or use in your smoothies. One seed will make about 2 tablespoons of powder (see my photo above. Use about a slightly rounded teaspoon per person.
From now on, no more wasting it. I will save up my avocado seeds in the freezer for processing later.
What about you…going to have a go at it? It takes no time to make and your health will thank you for it!