You guys, have you heard about avocado?
It’s this green vegetable – technically a fruit – that tastes so good smashed (definitely smashed, not spread, not forked) on toast with lots of salt, pepper and lime.
You’ve got to try it. For real.
Once you find this elusive piece of produce, you’ll discover how annoying is it when you slice into a big ole avocado to find that the stone takes up most of the fruit.
What a waste. Just last year we were shook when we were told that we should be eating the outer coating of the stone – the seed husk, but now we’ve been told that actually, we should be eating the seed as well!
Not such a waste after all, huh?
According to Xavier Equihua, CEO of the World Avocado Organisation (what a job), the stone is actually where the most nutrients are hiding, and it’s becoming a trend for people to blend the pit and put it in smoothies or brownies.
‘It’s popular in the US and will be in Europe when people understand it has great health benefits,’ Equihua tells the Evening Standard.
‘Put the pit in the oven then liquefy it. Put in the blender and it becomes a powder you can use. The fruit is very dark green where you scrape it from its shell. That’s very healthy.’
However, Equihua doesn’t elaborate on the nutrients in the seed.
Now, we already know that avocado flesh is high in healthy monounsaturated fat, as well as being a rich source of antioxidant glutathione.
They’re also high in fibre, potassium, vitamin E and magnesium – super good for skin.
So why is Mr Avocado CEO not telling us more about this super seed? It made us a little suspicious. So we dug a little deeper.
Head to the California Avocado website FAQs and they actually advise you not to eat the seed.
‘The California Avocado Commission does not recommend consumption of the “pit” or seed of an avocado,’ the website states.
‘The seed of an avocado contains elements that are not intended for human consumption.’
In fact, researchers from a 2013 study published in the Scientific World Journal actually found out that high doses of avocado seed extract were toxic to mice.
So, we might wait for a little more research before breaking our blenders trying to pulverise the stone.
*pops a couple of slices of sourdough in the toaster*