Eating avocado seeds.
Believe it or not, it’s the latest health craze. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon the viral video on how to prepare an avocado seed for consumption. Since I eat an avocado each day and feel guilty throwing such shiny, lovely seeds in the compost, I was intrigued by the idea that one could actually EAT an avocado seed. I always thought they were rumored to be poisonous.
Fast forward to yesterday….
What To Expect When Eating Avocado Seeds
I’ve been on a major horchata kick. Horchata is a sweet, creamy Mexican rice drink, and I wanted to make some from scratch. Since Emeril’s recipe had the best reviews, I decided to use his…but it called for blanched almonds. I didn’t have any almonds, and I sure as heck didn’t feel like going to the grocery store. And then I remembered the stash of avocado seeds I’d been saving ever since I watched that viral video. Since they are about the color and texture of almonds, I decided to substitute the nuts for seeds. And here were my results…..
DRYING THE AVOCADO SEED
To use an avocado seed, you first have to let it dry so that the outer shell pops off, revealing the creamy flesh underneath. You can place the seed in the oven at 200˚for 2 hours or you can just leave it on the counter for a few days and let nature dry it out for you.
GRINDING THE AVOCADO SEED
Now that you have your pale, fleshy seed, dice it up as seen in photo above and grind it in a high-powered blender until fine. (I used my Nutri-Bullet.)
WHAT THE HECK?
Once I finished grinding the seed, I took the lid off the blender, dumped the seed into a container and watched in amazement as the once-peach-colored powder turned burnt orange almost immediately!
USING THE AVOCADO SEED
As per instructions, I poured a few cups of boiling water over the ground rice, ground avocado seed, cinnamon stick and lime zest and let it soak for 8 hours.
The contents looked like marinara sauce. Cinnamon-scented marinara sauce. It was trippy!
PREPARE FOR BITTER FLAVOR
So, what does avocado seed horchata taste like?
Exactly like normal horchata…except slightly bitter.
Why the bitter aftertaste?
Avocado seeds are chock-full of tannins, hence the deep orange color.
Tannins can also be found in teas and coffee. (Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a bitter cup of green tea! The culprit: TANNINS.)
PREPARE FOR SLIGHT HEADACHE & NAUSEA…or not
I’m a sensitive soul. Liquor and wine will knock me out in a few sips, and one cup of strong green tea or Starbucks coffee can leave me feeling nauseous for days.
With that said, 2 hours after my first glass of avocado seed horchata, I felt nauseous but also very hungry; like I needed to get something solid in my stomach. Then came the headache and panicky feeling that also comes when I drink strong tea or coffee. A day later, I still feel a little nauseated and the sight of my avocado seed horchata sitting in the refrigerator makes me dry heave.
So I think it’s safe to say that I will not be eating avocado seeds anymore. If avocado seeds are as rich in antioxidants as they are claimed to be, then I will just have to cut my losses on this one.
AM I GLAD I TRIED EATING AVOCADO SEEDS?
Yes! Knowledge is power, and now I know that this practice is not for me. There are plenty of recipes out there for smoothies and you can even find powdered avocado seeds on the market, so I guess some people are finding health and happiness is all of this. But I’m probably not the first person to feel ill. Lesson learned, hypothesis tested, prognosis: negative.