Food & Recipes

7 Surprising Uses For The Avocado Pit

Who knew?!

By now we’ve all jumped on the avocado band wagon.  We know they’re charged with all kinds of health benefits: fat (the good kind), antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, super powers.  The avocado is so great in fact, Charles in Charge sang its praises in a 30-second spot during the Super Bowl – super actor, Super Bowl, super food. Bam!

But, what if I told you most of the super powers in an avocado are in that pit you are throwing in your trash can?

Here are 7 reasons to stop throwing your avocado pits in the trash:

1. Eat The Pit for Amazing Health Benefits

70% of the total antioxidant capacity of the avocado lies within the seed.  This packs a powerful punch and leads to some pretty big health benefits, including: reducing inflammation and joint pain, optimizing digestive health, destroying cancer cells, and glowing skin.

green smoothie photo
Photo by Robert Gourley

2. Grow a Tree

I can grow my own avocados? Yes, yes you can.  Step by step instructions make this a fun activity for adults and kids.

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Photo by skyseeker

3. Make Tea

Make pit tea for a sore belly by cutting the seed in half and steeping in hot water for 10 minutes.  Or, seeds can be roasted, grated and then made into tea – which some say is great for asthma too.

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Photo by Laurel Fan

4. Natural Dye

Create beautiful pink fabric with a natural dye created by avocado seeds and skins.

avocado dye
Ruth Singer