Just last week, I cut open an avocado before it was ready. My mistake led me to research techniques and recipes for unripe avocados.
You won't believe the amazing ways that avocado seeds can be used. You can create jewelry, dye fabric, make shampoo, and use them in many other fun craft and kitchen projects.
Avocados are one of my favourite foods, and when they're in season we go through dozens per month.
Since I love re-using things creatively, I decided to find out if it was possible to use the seeds. It turns out you can! Below, you'll find twenty fun, healthy, and creative ideas.
1. Indelible Ink
Historically, extracts from avocado pits were used as inks and food dyes.
- Put the seed in a heavy plastic bag and crush it using something heavy like a hammer or a brick.
- The milky liquid that comes out will turn red or black when exposed to the air.
- Dip a calligraphy pen or a thin paintbrush into this liquid and use it to write or paint on a sheet of paper.
2. Germination Experiment for Kids
Children love getting their hands dirty and learning through hands-on activities. Sprouting an avocado seed is a great homeschool or classroom project to teach students about germination. The process is simple:
- Fill a small jar with water
- Wash the seed
- Insert four toothpicks into it
- Suspend it over the jar so it touches the water
- Place in a sunny area and wait about six weeks for it to sprout
3. Traditional Enchilada Sauce
Dry and grate the pit to make a traditional North Mexican enchilada sauce that tastes really authentic. Leave a clean avocado in a cool, dry place for 5-7 days, then grate it into small bits (a food processor really helps). Add this to your sauce before baking. About 1 1/2 teaspoons should do the trick—any more, and the dish may end up tasting too bitter!
If drinks are more your thing, blend the raw pit into a smoothie or juice to benefit from all its nutrients and add a wonderful creaminess to the texture. Use half a pit for every two-person serving (a whole one serves four). My favourite combinations are avocado (fruit and pit), cucumber, and green apple. It also tastes good mixed with mango, pineapple, and ginger.
Health Benefits of Avocado Seeds
There is a long tradition of using the pits for various medicinal purposes.
- They are chock full of antioxidants— more than most other fruits and vegetables—so don't just throw them away! The pits contain more than 70% of the antioxidants found in the entire fruit. Antioxidants boost the immune system and help prevent cardiovascular disease, regulate high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and prevent strokes.
- The pits and skins contain high levels of antioxidants like catechins and procyandins that act as anti-inflammatories. They reduce joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of joint function associated with arthritis.
- They also have lots of antioxidant phenolic compounds that can play a significant role in preventing various degenerative illnesses, tumor growth, and cardiovascular disease. They may also help reduce inflammatory conditions, diabetes, and boost immunity.
- They even have insecticidal, fungicidal, and anti-microbial properties.
- Like green tea, the seeds contain polyphenols, which are micronutrients that may play a role in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
- They have more soluble fiber than almost any other food, which is great for high cholesterol, bowel inflammation, and diarrhea. In South America, they're used to treat dysentery and other issues in the GI tract.
- The pit is very high in potassium. The younger (less ripe) the fruit is, the higher its levels of potassium. It also contains significant levels of phosphorous, but not as significant as the potassium.
- They contain a condensed flavonol that may prevent tumor growth.
- They are great food for your hair and skin. Those antioxidants can help rebuild collagen, repair damage caused by free radicals, and improve the appearance and texture of your skin.
5. Avocado Seed Tea to Treat a Stomach Ache
Treat a sore belly by drinking a hot tea made with the pit. Halve the seed and drop it in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, then drink this infusion slowly.
Another way to make the tea is to dry the pit and break it down using a spice blender. Add a tablespoon of this powder to a cup of hot water and drink it slowly.
6. Ease Toothache
Cut off a piece of the pit and apply to a sore tooth to ease the pain. Gargling with the cooled tea (recipe above) can also help.
7. Soothe Itchy, Sore Skin
Smash the seed and infuse it in olive oil for a week. Once filtered, this oil can be applied to itchy, sore skin.
8, 9, and 10. Decorations and Ornaments
- Dry several seeds and use them to make a wind chime. Paint each one with a different pattern and colour and add glitter, shells, or other interesting decorations. Then, follow these instructions to make your one-of-a-kind, almost-free wind chime. Another great activity for kids!
- Carve out a hollow in the pit using a very sharp knife, then bake and varnish it. Once it's finished, it makes a lovely holder for tea-light candles. If you eat a lot of avocados, you'll soon have enough to decorate your whole house with these attractive, eco-friendly candle-holders.
- Dry and bake the seed, then attach a craft hook to the top. Thread a ribbon through the hook and paint it with something Christmas-y so you can use it as a tree ornament.
11. DIY Face Scrub
Making a natural face and body scrub is easy. Simply grind up a dried pit in a food processor or cut it into pieces and use a spice blender.
Next, mix in one mashed banana and one tablespoon of coconut or almond oil.
Apply to skin and gently exfoliate before rinsing well.
12. Grow an Avocado Tree
Sprouting the seed is easy (see #2 on the list above): Within weeks you'll have a beautiful plant to brighten up your house. With its dark, glossy leaves, an avocado houseplant will look great on the kitchen counter, in the bathroom, outside on the deck, or wherever you decide to put it.
If you're planning on planting the tree outside, you should know that avocado trees do best in fairly warm temperatures (60-85°F) with moderate humidity. The tree won't tolerate freezing temperatures, but certain varieties thrive in places like California and Florida.
13. At-Home Massage
Avocado seeds are smooth, hard, and just the right size for a DIY foot massage. Collect several and place them in a shallow bucket or large bowl. Then you can roll your feet over them to help work out some of that tension.
If you're a bit more adventurous, why not try using them to massage someone you love. Either use the pits to gently rub the person's back or warm them up for a DIY hot-stone massage.
14. Avocado Pit Shampoo
Commercial shampoos are full of toxic ingredients and are also super expensive. Luckily, making a frugal and effective hair product is easy with avocado seeds. This shampoo thickens and softens hair, and they say it also helps reduce graying. I've used this shampoo for years and can definitely recommend it.
- Wash and dry three pits
- Using a vegetable grater, grate them into a pot
- Add six cups of water and bring to a boil
- Simmer for about 30 minutes. Let cool
- Strain into a bottle or jar
- Combine three cups of this infusion with 2 oz. natural shampoo
You're now ready to wash your hair! Keep the rest of the water in the fridge to mix with shampoo as needed.
15. Avocado Seeds Are Aphrodisiacs
Make a love potion using avocado pits.
An old woman from a Caribbean island told me about this traditional aphrodisiac. To make it, score a pit by making tic-tac-toe like patterns with a knife and place it in a litre of wine. Let it sit and infuse for a month before taking out the seed and serving.
If you dare, offer a glass to your sweetheart, but start off slow! The drink is said to be very effective.
16. Make Jewelry
Once dried and baked, avocado seeds turn a beautiful dusky pinkish-brown colour. You can buy gorgeous pit pendants, necklaces, earrings, brooches and more on websites like Etsy. But why not try making your own?
It uses a product that would otherwise be thrown out, which makes it a cheap craft project. You can be sure to make a one-of-a-kind item that no one else has.
Check out the links below to see tutorials for making avocado pit jewelry.
Avocado Seed Jewelry Tutorials
- Avocado Seed Art and Jewelry | Rosaherzberg's Blog
A collection of hand-carved avocado pocket sculptures inlaid with semiprecious stones, shells, and beads. Carved avocado seeds with cowry shell, grass (fertility) seeds, bamboo, and glass beads, inlaid with amber.
- Jewelry Made from Avocado Seeds
New ways to look at the everyday items in our lives are all around us. Art can be made out of virtually anything. My avocado seed ladybug brooches are just one example of how amazing a simple seed can be!
17. Natural Avocado Pit Fabric Dye
Use the seeds to make a natural, pink fabric dye. There are two methods:
- The quick way is to simply boil your textiles with the pits and skins for around 45 minutes. That will give you a very pale pink dye with little effort.
- For a deeper and more effective dye, you'll need several pits, avocado skins, ammonia, and a few days to let the mixture ferment. For detailed instructions and pictures, check out this link.
18, 19, and 20. Outdoor Fun and Games
- Dry several seeds, then bake and varnish them to protect against moisture. If you're feeling fancy, paint them with metallic silver paint. You're now ready to play bocce, lawn bowling, or pétanque.
- Dry three of them and use them as juggling balls
- Enlist the help of friends to collect a bunch of them. Invite them over for an avocado garden party where you eat avocado dishes and play giant games of Chinese checkers, solitaire, or checkers.
More Uses for the Pit
Since I first wrote this article, it's been shared by thousands of people. And some of them have been kind enough to share more ideas with me for using up avocado pits. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Cover them with gold leaf and use as paperweights or placeholders
- Set one over a decorative jar filled with water, and attach a personal note. This is a great housewarming gift.
- Grate the pit then mix with vegetable or olive oil and some vinegar or lemon juice. You can use the resulting mixture as wood furniture polish.
Many people leave the seed in the middle of a bowl of guacamole, believing it will keep it bright green. This has been shown to be a myth.
As oxidization is the culprit behind brown guacamole, anything that reduces the surface area exposed to air will prevent browning. This is why guacamole with a pit in it will be greener around the seed than at the edges of the bowl. It's not the pit that's doing it, though: You could substitute the seed with any other object like a boiled egg, sliced vegetables, or a piece of bread for the same effect. If you really want to reduce oxidization, cover the whole thing with wax paper so that the paper is pressed against the surface of the guacamole.
However, if you think adding a pit to a bowl of guacamole looks nice, go for it! That way when you have guests, you can use the opportunity to educate them about oxidization. What a great conversation starter!
Questions & Answers
Question: How long will avocado seeds last after I have crushed it up to add to my food?
Answer: The seed oxidizes and turns dark brown very quickly. You should use it within a day or two.
Question: Can I chew a raw avocado seed?
Answer: It's not toxic, but it tastes terrible! To cover the bitter taste, you can blend the raw seed into a fruit smoothie.
Question: How long are avocado seeds baked to dry for carving?
Answer: It depends on the size of the seed, how dry it is already, and the humidity of your house. It takes me about 30 minutes.
Question: When you make avocado water for shampoo, could you also use that water for your indoor plants?
Answer: Yes, great idea! Just start with a small amount to make sure your plant likes it.
What's the next thing you're going to do with an avocado seed?
Joshua Masvokisi on September 03, 2020:
Im going to make as much powder from the avocado seed for my family's daily intake especially teas and different soups
Joshua Masvokisi on September 03, 2020:
Im going to make as much powder from the avocado seed for my family's daily intake especially teas
Lorena boniel on August 08, 2020:
I will try to do avocado seed mix my shampoo
Sidikatu on July 23, 2020:
My hand and leg skin is very dry pls can avocado seed make is soft?
elangwe godwin on July 13, 2020:
good to know how avocado seed works in the human body
Enoh Richard on July 12, 2020:
If I parboil the seed can I get pregnant if I drink it
Otomewo Grace Tracy on June 25, 2020:
Can avocado seed powder kill wen consume in overdose,and what is the supposed dosage intake.
Lilian on June 20, 2020:
How do I do the seed to be edible
maganga dennis _Kenya on June 09, 2020:
I want to note that the oxidation of the avocado seed is as a result of the presence of a divalent element in it and most likely iron ii that gets oxidized to iron lll ion
Confidence on June 02, 2020:
Thanks for this idea
Tagbo Eunice on May 26, 2020:
I love eating avocado, but the seed I want to give it a try, thank you so much for this wonderful ideas,
Ddumba Vincent elyantonde on May 23, 2020:
Iam wondering how usefull it is
Pauline on May 11, 2020:
Thanks for yo teachings i also use the pit for flat stomach i great it and put it in hot water,i drink it almost everday
Ogochukwu - Enugu Nigeria on May 08, 2020:
It's amazing to be blessed with such a wonderful fruit. Thanks to Almighty God. Thanks for the information. I enjoy eating it.
blessings on May 04, 2020:
I eat them but not often and I enjoy them
Angela on April 26, 2020:
I eat 2-3 avocados daily. I am glad to know there are uses for the pit. They are so pretty, I didn't want to discard them.
Perpetual on April 25, 2020:
Good evening sir, Can i make it and drink for fibriod? Becuse i wsnt to know if it can shrink it thank you
Adaeze ndulue on April 11, 2020:
I do take avocado pits as tea, after drying and grating them. Den i'll put one teaspoon, add milk, sugar and hot water. It's always enjoyabe, infact is beter dan beverages honestly speaking.
Emmanuel on March 27, 2020:
Pls can I cut the avocado seed into small sizes and put it in container or bottle put water on it and drink it on timely bases?
Loveline Chimdirimumma on March 24, 2020:
Thanks for this useful information dear
Sharifah on March 23, 2020:
Avocado pits so magical have been using them for the of calming down the abdominal pain and infections cleanses the virginal system
Dee on February 01, 2020:
I dry the pit then grind them and then put them in gelatin capsules, I take 3 b4 each meal. 1 pit makes aprx 24 double 00 gelatin caps..Enjoy
Hay kpenzey on January 30, 2020:
Thanks for teaching me the used of advocado
Hudu Mamudu on January 24, 2020:
now I known the benefits of pear seed. i will try it.
Monica palmer on December 06, 2019:
Do you know if it is a good idea to blend avocado pit with. Water and drink.keep in fridge the rest,for how long.they said it is good. For pressure etc.
Clementine on November 19, 2019:
As often as I can afford them
Pamela on November 10, 2019:
This is real good. this has been my fruit all along but i didnt know the magic behind it. i just had love for it. Thanks for information.cheers!
Leonard campos on November 07, 2019:
Add to an infusion o f tea
Carlos on November 07, 2019:
I read that cavemen used the avocado seed as ammunition in slingshots to kill dinosaurs
The cavemen were so proficient with this method of hunting that they caused the extinction of the dinosaurs
Also, avocado seeds were used by early clowns who were jugglers
Michael on October 22, 2019:
Can you use them as smoker wood in a BBQ?
Ayoma on October 17, 2019:
I love avacados, and recently heard that the pit can be eaten grounded and add to food. So it was so good to read about all the benefits of an avacado. Thank you very much.
Njabulo Zwane on October 15, 2019:
Want to know about value chain and health benefits
Diana on October 12, 2019:
I am going to make Christmas tree ornaments
Emma on September 29, 2019:
Very educateful information keep it up
Sheila Pilane on August 07, 2019:
I am new here, i want to know more about avocado
Bafana Michael Sithole on July 11, 2019:
This is my diet as i am diabetic
Nancy on July 09, 2019:
I'm new please I need know about an because is interesting
Cheryl on May 25, 2019:
i've just started liking avocados ..i used to disliking them
Zikka Joy on April 29, 2019:
Am having it as my tea can it help in curing goiter?
Jonathan Lessai on April 04, 2019:
Thanks for this information. Am having it as my tea every morning n there is changing in my defecating.☕
Margaret on March 31, 2019:
I am grateful for this info about the secret benefit of avocado overall.
Kay Reds on March 16, 2019:
I did not know you could eat the skin and pit, I have been throwing them away
Ann Schluchter on March 10, 2019:
May try grating and eat it, also may try to grow a tree for home décor!
Martine james on December 29, 2018:
Please i would like more information about avocado . Source avocado does what in the nerves Systems.
Lillian on December 20, 2018:
I'm using the wonder seed to boost my fertility
Jesson Milton from UAS on November 14, 2018:
Thank you for supporting us to know the secret benefits of the avocado seeds. I hadn’t ever tried avocado until recently when I read how much it could help with inflammation
Chipa on October 16, 2018:
Diane on October 14, 2018:
Will avocato help eye sight and cataracts.
Admire on September 12, 2018:
Wanna treat my back ache with the avocado seed
Hrhfonsahivo@gmail.com on August 22, 2018:
I love it.
Sam sserunkuuma on August 12, 2018:
God given and very delicious is mature and ripe.
Soft and can be eaten easily by children.
Can grow wild or in a simple compound.
Jyst an amazing plant.
Jennifer on August 03, 2018:
Hi, great post! Is there a way to dry seeds or preserve them for crafts, carving or jewelry that keeps them from shriveling up? Some pits in the photos look so pretty! And I saw your mention of drying and baking the pits? I’ve searched for more info but no luck. Can you help?
Miguel on July 30, 2018:
The first of January of 2016 I woke up with an excruciating pain in my toe and after getting a checkup from my Doctor he said that I had a high concentration of uric acid. I tried some recommendations but the big surprise was when my grandmother recommended me to use the seed of the avocado to do a Tea, only 4 hours after drinking it, I fell good. I have been using it for 2 years now and I think is a great use for a product that usually goes to the trash. https://igg.me/at/avocatea/x/19076216
Celia Martin on July 27, 2018:
I have an avocado almost every day in a salad or sandwich and I love them! I have dried the seeds and grated them and have used the powder in soups. However, I have so many seeds that this became tedious so now I add the seed to water with all the (clean) vegetable peelings like carrot, brocolli stem, celery leaves, etc. and boil up the mixture for about 30 minutes. Then I sieve the mixture and use the broth as a basis for soup. I have been searching the internet to find if I am losing the nutrition from the avo seeds but cannot find an answer although people say they drink "avo seed tea" by a similar method so I am assuming no nutrition is lost. Does anyone know?
Kanchi on July 19, 2018:
I rub the skin on my face, whenever i eat pulp, it gives me natural shine, i stopped using foundation or any other cosmatics. As my face got natural shine coz of that skin rubbing treatment, secondly i mix pit powder in my face wash and use it like face scrub, etc....
Turyatunga Arthur on June 07, 2018:
Thank you for helping us to know the secret benefits of the avocado seeds.
We are utilizing them now.
Tola Idowu on June 01, 2018:
What sickness(es) can an avocado seed/pulp cure?
Isaac Bright Atisika on May 04, 2018:
Wow, we've thrown the seed of avocado pear all this while.
Ignorance is darkness
TC on April 23, 2018:
I hadn’t ever tried avocado until recently when I read how much it could help with inflammation. I am using 1/2 an avocado in a cherry or blueberry smoothie almost daily. I had no idea the pits could be used too - I’ve just been tossing them. Learning a lot with this article.
Mystry on April 05, 2018:
Keep avocados away from pets. Potentially poisonous.
Smash on April 03, 2018:
Feels like people have way too much time and are going a tad bit crazy. Clearly humans did not evolve to require the nutrition in the avocado seed. So, there is not likely to be any great benefit to grinding them up... no more than the benefits of much more easily accessed nutrients which require less “grinding” and much less digesting.
I do agree with one theme of above suggestions. As a resource for creative projects, the seed has value.
linette on January 17, 2018:
I dry my avocado seed on the oven then take the outer crust off then grate it and store it in the fridge, once or twice a day I sprinkle about a teaspoon on my food or in my oatmeal, I've been doing this for about a year now and I can feel the difference in my digestive system, bowels even moves better, now after reading other post I have to try it as a shampoo.
Foster dedzo on January 06, 2018:
in fact am surprised we have a lot of the trees around the compound am going try it as soon as the avocado fruit begin to rip
Colette on December 21, 2017:
I'm going to try some of the things listed. Very interesting read
Barbara Eiswerth on July 20, 2017:
motshidisi on July 19, 2017:
I crush it and put it in my smoothy
leif on July 14, 2017:
avocados are undoubtedly healthy, but i didnt feel that great after consuming one. but i noticed it resembled a hard boiled egg, and they should place an egg yolk without the whites inside after removing the avocado pit.
Georgia Estes on July 13, 2017:
Much of this information was totally new to me! I grew up in Africa where avocados were grown, and I loved them. I was surprised that dogs would eat the over ripe ones that were "rotting" on the ground. Now I am surprised again as I learn the many uses of the pit. Wow! The only thing I had ever tried was the sprouting.
teektaak on July 07, 2017:
The office was very helpful
I hope to see more of your content
Antoinette on July 05, 2017:
A large branch of our avocado tree broke last night due to a thunderstorm. We have a bushel of unripe avocados. How may I use them
We usually start eating them in the fall and this is July 5. Any ideas?
Mike on May 27, 2017:
Wow wonderful stuff! I tried the smoothie: avocado with the pit, mango, cucumber, green apple and water melon all blended together. I like the mild bitterness taste. I want to explore if milk can be added to taste. I want to understand if the pit can be preserved in the fridge for a long time instead of drying.
Edithb Kufuna on May 18, 2017:
Thanks, this is great information.I am thinking of making mats with avocado seed
Joni on March 26, 2017:
Love avocados! Great with pretty much EVERYTHING! :)
Someone on March 20, 2017:
This is very good information I need.
iamradiantrose on March 09, 2017:
This is one of the best pieces I have read in a long time. This is really comprehensive. I have a ton of avocado trees in my house, but the rest is fairly new to me. I will be using a lot of your tips. Thank you so much!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on February 04, 2017:
This is an award-winning hub Rosetta! I love the idea of using avocado seeds to massage my feet. Great, useful tips. Sharing.
Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on December 21, 2016:
Just this week I was trying to think of ways to use my avocado pits. I have been throwing them in the woods around my house instead of the garbage, thinking someday they will disintegrate naturally. Great ideas.
iqra on December 20, 2016:
Can we make powder and add in oil for massage
Osasona christie on December 14, 2016:
I rarely eat the fruit. But with this great information and benefits, i think i will en-devour to try same. Thank you for sharing this information.
Diana Grant from United Kingdom on September 24, 2016:
I was amazed by the different uses for avocado pits (I thought it was "pips"!). I've tried growing them, and love seeing the little baby plants developing. But, having lived in Africa where they grow abundantly, I am also aware that the trees take seven years to grow to sufficient maturity to produce fruit. I don't like growing anything which takes more than a year to fully develop.
I'm just about to eat one for lunch today.
Prabhu on August 05, 2016:
Am the lover of avocado.. I used to eat this fruit before and after my workout...and Had I no idea about this seeds but after read this articles.. I used to eat that also...
Aloufa on August 04, 2016:
wonderful post! I am so glad that I found it.
AJ on July 18, 2016:
Thank you. I have been looking for a way to make natural shampoo.
Taina on July 08, 2016:
This is amazing information, thank you for sharing so much knowledge about this God given food. My aunt shared with me that she had lost over 50 lbs due to some diarrhea problem she had that would not stop. She though she was going to die. Doctors couldn't help her. She found out about the avocado pit, did tea every day, drank it day and night. Problem solved, she's back to her weight and continues to drink it for all the other benefits. Another family member was about to go on dialysis, he started drinking the tea, and now does not have to go on dialysis. Good to know. Thank you again.
Mcooks on June 18, 2016:
So cool! I've always loved avocados, and just started cleaning and moisturizing my face with avocado oil. I had no idea that the pit was so useful, though. Can't wait to try several suggestions listed here! Thanks so much fo such great info!
niko on June 02, 2016:
Great article. Excellent!!! Well done!! Thank u!
Alex on May 14, 2016:
I baked the seed to dry it out and grounded it. How Long will it stay good for?
Joycee on April 14, 2016:
The next thing I want to make an avocado seed smoothie. I got this recipe from here: http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutriti...
I like it.
someone on April 13, 2016:
Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on April 04, 2016:
Wow Rosetta what an amazing informative hub about avocados. So well done, so much fascinating information about this awesome food and the many ways of using the seeds. I will never look at an avocado ever the same. Have to definitely try some of these terrific and fun ideas. Just a super hub. :)
Amatjuhink from Indonesia on April 04, 2016:
I am are sort of suckers for the ones at Walmart
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 03, 2016:
I'm an avocado lover. Had no idea the pit is so versatile and a good nutrient. Very happy to find this hub. Will pin and share and a huge thanks to you!
Johnny Slapstick on April 03, 2016:
How long can you keep avocado seeds before they go bad, or rather, before they cannot be used for certain things?
Avocados themselves go bad fairly quickly. It seems like it would be inconvenient to have to use one for a stomach ache. By the time you take out the pit, clean it, and make tea with it your stomach ache will be gone.
Additionally, squeezing some lemon juice over guacamole will keep it from turning brown.
Tru on April 01, 2016:
This article saved my marriage. ....I should tell you.... I'm married to an avocado.
Rola Maher Abboud from Kuwait on March 29, 2016:
I rarely eat avocados but I read a lot in how much benefits it have. I also love the idea of transforming the seeds of the avocados into jewelries.
melonhead369 on March 24, 2016:
I actually shred the pit and put over eggs
Save skin and moisturize skin with them
Karen Channer from Jamaica on March 23, 2016:
Very informative. I enjoyed it
Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on March 19, 2016:
This is a winning hub about my favorite fruit. We actually do eat it daily. We use it instead of margerine because the flavour is so bland and goes with either savory or sweet (such as jam).
I like your suggestions for using the pit. Making beads sounds interesting! Maybe this is a craft I can enjoy with my granddaughters. The facial scrub also sounds intriguing. I have found, however, that since most shipments of avocadoes to Canada have been irradiated, that #2 doesn't work, unless you buy a high-end organic avocado from a health store perhaps-- we are sort of suckers for the ones at Walmart (which have definitely been irradiated). If you want to get into your avocado quicker (that is, ripen it up faster), just add the avocado to a brown paper bag with a ripe banana or apple.
Will Jacob on March 19, 2016:
great information. Can wait to use avocado ink for my next tattoo.
Pauline Resnick on March 17, 2016:
Does anyone know if Avocado seed powder, when added in to baking and cooking, holds it's nutritional valule?