Here’s the Right Way to Eat an Avocado Pit (It Involves Chocolate)

March 31, 2016
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market
Here’s the Right Way to Eat an Avocado Pit (It Involves Chocolate)

When we first heard about people eating avocado pits, we were skeptical—but intrigued. It was at least worth our very own experiment.

And we discovered that they taste kind of like tree bark. But on digging further, we also found that sure enough, avocado pits—which are technically seeds—do pack loads of fiber and antioxidants, including phenolic compounds with anti-aging and disease-fighting power. Because of their heart-healthy benefits, some medications actually incorporate extracts from avocado seeds. They’ve shown potential to lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and treat inflammatory conditions—and they’re even antimicrobial.

So, it does seem that this weird food trend might actually be worth the hype. But like all things that skyrocket into popularity, avo pits already have their fair share of haters. Sure, some are worried about whether or not they’re safe to eat—after all, bitterness tends to be a plant’s way of saying, “Don’t eat me.” But so far, no tummy troubles over here at Thrive HQ. And hey, we kinda like the idea that we don’t have to chuck every single pit into the compost.

Since research is limited at this point, you’ll just have to decide for yourself if you’re willing to give it a shot. If you’re a food rebel itching to put avocado pits to the test, press play to see how to do it. Bonus: we add ours to the tastiest chocolate-pear smoothie to mask the bitterness and make it all go down easy. Good luck!

Chocolate-Pear Smoothie

Yield: 1 serving
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

1 medium pear, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 teaspoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 to 2 medjool dates, pitted
1 cup almond milk
¼ to ½ cup avocado pit, chopped

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.

Producer and Director: Liza Glucoft
Director of Photography: Naeem Munaf
Editor: Mark Parq


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13 thoughts on “Here’s the Right Way to Eat an Avocado Pit (It Involves Chocolate)”

  • Carlesious Davis
    Carlesious Davis April 8, 2016 at 5:31 am

    She lost me when she said, put it in the oven for 2 hours.

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    • yardwolf

      that's dehydrating food! it takes time, but it can be totally worthwhile.

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      • Carlesious Davis
        Carlesious Davis April 8, 2016 at 1:39 pm

        I totally understand the concept; I'm just saying, I can't see running my oven for 2 hours, for some avocado pits. Maybe if it were a toaster oven, but I'm not even sure I'd want to do that either. But that's just my personal preference.

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        • Joan Camara

          A commenter above said that she just lets hers dry for a few days. The paper skin comes off and then I guess it's soft enough after that time, to cut up?

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          • Carlesious Davis
            Carlesious Davis April 10, 2016 at 6:53 am

            I've tried soaking them, that really gets them soft to. In my experience, if I let them dry out, they get really hard.

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    • J.C. Hall

      If you live in Arizona, you can just stick them in your car out in the sun.

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  • Anna Bender

    i dry them on the counter for a couple of days so the brown papery skin comes of then i cut them in a few pieces and grind them up. after that the ground pit goes in smoothies and homemade bread.

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    • Joan Camara

      I've always planted mine, and always thought they were a very hard pit. I didn't know that they could be easy to cut up. How hard are they to do this? Would I need a very sharp knife? I never knew that the pit could be used for something, other than growing more. Very interesting, and good job! I'm still getting up the nerve, to make homemade bread, myself.

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  • Carlesious Davis
    Carlesious Davis April 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    You could also sprout them.

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    • Joan Camara

      I'm lucky enough to have land to grow some things, and one plant I'm growing is a few avocado plants. Their growing wonderfully! But this article is interesting. Never heard nor tried this, so I might give it a shot! Without watching the video though, I would have not have known to put the pit in the oven at that degree, and at that amount of time.

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  • Joan Camara

    Without watching the video, I would NEVER have known to put the pit in the oven, at that degree, and for that long. I think it should be in the instructions! I'm looking forward to trying this, as this is something I've never heard of, in all my studies of health. Good job!

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