Avocado recently became popular at our latitudes, although it was brought to Europe by the Spaniards already in the 17th century.
The Aztecs called the avocado tree “the tree of testicles” as its fruits grew in pairs and resembled testicles. The aphrodisiac glory of avocado is exactly due to the mentioned similarity. The avocado pit is also full of substances which are healthy for the organism. In South America the pit is used in the fight against dysentery and other gastrointestinal problems. It contains many phenolic compounds, fibers and amino acids which are essential for the prevention of various diseases.
The flavonoids in the avocado pit have anti-tumor activity, and the anti-oxidants protects from premature aging. Moreover, oil can be derived from this seed, which resembles the olive oil and may be used for a variety of cosmetic purposes, including dandruff.
A study from the University of Pennsylvania was recently published which shows that phenolic compounds in avocado seed may reduce the increased cholesterol and improve the immune status of its consumers, and the message of the publication is very clear – every heart patient should eat avocado, including its seed.
So, in short – yes, both avocado and its seed are healthy. Don’t throw it away because it is quite easy to make it edible, as you break it down to pieces with a knife, then blend them to small pieces and add them to milk cocktail, smoothie, gruel or fruit salad.
And here is my favorite recipe:
1 glass of nut milk – I use almond, but you may use water as well
1 peeled pear
2 handfuls of spinach
? avocado seed
A small piece of ginger
Blend well and enjoy!