Article by Megan – co-founder of Too Tasty to Throw.
The benefits of eating the delicious green flesh of an avocado are well documented – a healthy ‘good fat’ packed with vitamins and antioxidants to support the skin, heart, blood, tissue and other organs. Also, avocados are one of our favourite foods here in Australia – a serving on toast eaten at a café has recently been blamed for young people not being able to buy a house, with indulging in the luxury being seen as too difficult to give up in order to save some pennies.
However, did you know that the avocado seed itself, which most would normally throw away, has more than 70% of the avocado’s nutritional benefits?
- More soluble fiber than even top tier fiber providers, such as oats;
- Antioxidants that help regulate intestinal function and have even been shown to help prevent tumours;
- The oil within ups the amount of collagen in our skin and hair keeping us looking young; and
- A great source of polyphenols associated with green tea.
- Great source of calcium, magnesium and potassium
So, if we know the benefits, how do we go about using the seed? Well, it is easier than it might first seem. Simply cut the seed into quarters and process into a powder (more details below). If you dry out the seed, this gives the resulting powder a longer shelf life. This powder can then be added to your morning smoothie, lunchtime soup or evening stew. It is a strong flavour and so best served with other strong flavours. You can also use it as a condiment and grate onto your meals just like salt or pepper.
Avocado Seed Powder Recipe:
- Remove seed and rinse
- Place in the oven to dehydrate for 1.5-2hrs at 120 deg
- Once cool, discard the outer skin and gently press seed into two halves and dice the halves again
- Blitz the seed into a fine powder using a high powered blender
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container and use a tablespoon at a time.
So, I tried the above process and it worked really well. I went on to make a smoothie – banana, coconut water, avocado seed, ginger and matcha. Attempt one was without the ginger and matcha. The flavor of the avocado seed is definitely strong and adding these made a great taste. Highly recommended – the triplets liked it too!
In addition, you can also put chunks of the seed inside a tea infuser, put the infuser in a mug and pour boiling water over it. It can taste bitter so you may want to add a little bit of honey or other sweetener! This tea is said to be great for stomach aches. You can also smash the seed and infuse it in olive oil for a week. Once filtered, this oil can be applied to itchy, sore skin. Perfect for the skin over winter!