Avocados are the most rad fruit of this generation. It slowly began gaining popularity after its benefits were revealed and people have begun to include more avocado in the diet. The soft texture of the avocado make it a very versatile ingredient, but it can also be eaten raw (it tastes really great too). Most people take the flesh of the avocado and leave the seed behind, but did you know that there are so many ways to actually use the seeds too? The seed, in fact, contains 70% of the avocado’s nutrients, and is chock full of health benefits you may not have known about. Read on to find out how amazing the avocado actually is:
1. Health Benefits
The avocado flesh is nutritious and delicious enough all by itself, but if you want to harness the full power of the fruit, make sure you find a way to use the seed (ideas coming up).
- The seed filled to the brim with antioxidants that have multiple benefits, including preventing cardiovascular diseases, regulating blood pressure, prevent strokes and boost the immune system.
- The seed has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce joint pain, swelling and stiffness because of the high levels of catechins and procyanidins.
- It has high amounts of soluble fibers that help with digestive disorders, high cholesterol and bowel inflammation.
- The polyphenols in the seed are anti-cancer and stave off cardiovascular diseases.
- The seeds also have flavonol that prevent tumour growth.
- The high levels of potassium and phosphorus provide the minerals needed to keep your body functioning well.
The seed of the avocado can be sprinkled onto sauces or be used to make a traditional enchilada sauce that is native to Mexico. Leave the avocado pit out to let it dry for about 5 to 7 days, and then cut the dried up seed into small pieces using a food processor. Add this to the already made enchilada sauce before baking it, but no more than 1 or 1.5 tablespoons because adding more might make the whole sauce bitter.
The flesh of the avocado along with the seed can also be included in a smoothie so that it blends with the whole mixture. However, just as with the sauce, use only half a pit for a two-person serving, because any more might make the smoothie bitter. A combination of melon, green apple and the whole avocado is a popular choice for smoothies.
If you’re having stomach problems or have a sore belly, using the seed to make tea might help ease the discomfort. Grate or break down the avocado pit and add it to a pot of boiling water, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before drinking it. You can also cut the seed in half and immerse it in boiling water for the same results. Since the seed can really bring out the bitterness, you can add honey or a sweetener to make it easier to drink.
Avocado seeds have shown to reduce toothaches; you can cut off a piece of the seed and place it onto the tooth directly. You can also use a cooled down mixture of boiling water and ground up avocado seeds to gargle with. Another way would be to grate the roasted seed into a powder and apply it to the tooth, and use cotton to keep it in place.
6. Skin Health
You can blend ground up avocado seed with other natural fruits, oils and vegetables to make your own face mask. Since the seed is filled with antioxidants, it can remove the free radicals off your skin and protect from as well as heal any damage. The avocado seed also soothes and heals itchy, irritated skin. Blending a mashed up banana, coconut or along oil and the seed powder helps to scrub the skin as well as keep it glowing and healthy.
Adding a mixture of the seed to a few milliliters of the shampoo makes your hair thick, strong, soft and reduces hair graying. To make the shampoo, grate 3 washed and dried up seeds in a blender and add it to a 6 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Let it cool down and simmer for about 30 minutes, and then mix in 2 ounces of shampoo with the water. Put the rest away to use next time.
8. Natural Dye
Boiling the seed and the skin of the avocado along with some fabrics results in the fabric being dyed a pale pink. You’d think that it would be dyed green, but you can get varying shades of pink from this fruit for your fabrics. Boiling the avocado and fabric for 45 minutes results in a very pale pink dye, but here are instructions for getting darker shades of the pink.
9. Home Decor
You can use your imagination to make all sorts of crafts and games using avocado seeds. You can bake the avocado seeds to use later for things like Christmas ornaments, or painting over them to make paperweights. You can also make jewellery using the avocado seeds by painting over them and hollowing them out. You can also carve onto the seed and create designs over them. Use your imagination, and you can find new ways to make crafts with the seeds.