You guys, listen to me right now! STOP THROWING AWAY YOUR AVOCADO PITS.
You know that giant seed in the middle of the avocado that you chuck in the garbage like the minute you cut into the fruit? Yeah, that one. You need to KEEP. THAT. PIT.
Also, err... you need to eat that pit.
Some of you know where I'm going with this. But I bet most of you are thinking that I am clinically insane. How can I eat an avocado pit? WHY would I eat an avocado pit?
Here's the short version - you know all those delicious benefits of eating avocado? Well guess what folks, all of that nutrition/aka all the benefits, are actually found in the pit of the avocado (according to this source). Very little of the nutrition is actually found in the flesh of the fruit. WHATTTTTTT.
I know, I KNOW.
So you know where I'm going with this. You need to eat the pit. It's not as crazy as it sounds though, I promise. Here are some ways I've been eating the pit (this is a very weird sentence LOL):
First off, instead of chucking the pit into the trash, rinse it off, pat it dry, and store it in a container in your fridge. Then you have a few options on how to use this pit.
I've actually put a seed in my food processor and blended it to a powder and then used it in my smoothie. You legit cannot taste a difference in your smoothie, so I am obviously a huge fan of this method. Only issue is that if you have a small food processor, or maybe not a super hefty processor, the seed may not turn to powder and you may destroy the blades. Try at your own risk my friends.
A much simpler method, and the one I use more often (almost daily), is making a tea with the pit. And it's super duper easy to do!
-> Bring a pot of water to a low boil, add one avocado pit and continue to boil for 10 minutes. The water will pull the nutrients from the pit. Discard the pit after boiling. Let the water cool for a few minutes before drinking.
I've been drinking this at night and I love it! I usually pour the nutrient-infused water over a sleepy time tea bag. It's become part of my "wind-down routine." You can obviously do this with any tea you like. It would prob be delish with green tea - just a suggestion!
I've also heard of baking them and then blending them. That could be an option. But I haven't tried it so I can't report back to guys on that one, at least not yet.
Alright, so am I late to this pit party? Have you guys been doing this for awhile now!? If so, pleaseeeee share any tips for preparing the avocado seed! If you haven't tried it, do so and let me know what you think!
xo - cort