Can I Eat Avocado Pits?

- May 07, 2018-

  All parts of an avocado fruit can be eaten, including the avocado pit. To eat the pits, they must first be removed from the centers of the fruit. They can then be dried and ground or smashed up. Since the vitamin-rich pits have an unpleasant taste, many people choose to eat avocado pits mixed in with another food or a drink.

  Eating avocado pits has several health benefits. The pits are very high in vitamin C, for instance. Avocado pits are also very rich in antioxidants and soluble fiber.

  The best way to remove an avocado pit is to use a sharp knife to cut around the circumference of the fruit. The cut should be deep enough to reach the pit. The top half of the fruit can then be removed, and the pit should be exposed. Lay the fruit on a hard, flat surface, with the pit facing upward. Using a very sharp and heavy knife, smack the avocado pit with the blade of the knife.

  Once the blade of the knife sinks part way into the pit, the knife blade can be twisted. This action will cause the avocado pit to come loose from the fruit. Most people who eat avocado pits will also eat the avocado flesh. Whether it is consumed or applied to the skin, there are several benefits of avocados.

  Avocado are stone fruits. This means that they have very hard seeds, or pits, similar to stones. Avocado pits must first be broken up or ground up into a powder before they can be eaten.

  To smash avocado pits before you grind them, put them in a heavy-duty plastic bag and smash them with a mallet or hammer. Putting a heavy towel over the bag will help prevent the bag from tearing. The avocado pit pieces can then be ground up in a heavy-duty blender or food processor. This should result in a fine powder.

  Most people who eat the pits find they are quite bitter tasting. This is because of the tannins in the pit. Mixing them in smoothies is one of the most popular ways to eat avocado pits. Ice can be blended with fruits, like bananas and strawberries, to make a smoothie. Bits of avocado can also be added, along with about half of the ground up pit.