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Sep 19, 2012 09:58 PM

Avocado pits

The pit of an avocado has all the taste of the green flesh without all the fat. I like to blend up avocado pits in my smoothies. How do you use avocado pits?

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  1. I stick toothpicks in them and let them root to make houseplants. says they have to be ground into a fine powder, which takes a heavy-duty processor, and can be quite bitter.

    I'll keep the plants.

    1. show and tell for 1st and 2nd graders on how plants grow from seeds.

      I have an avocado tree that my late neighbor swore was grown from seed, so I suppose you could use them to eventually grow a tree. Avocado leaves are used as seasoning in some Mexican dishes, so even if you don't get fruit you can at least get something useful.

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      1. re: tardigrade

        they do -- we used to have a tree that grew from a pit started by the prior owners of the house. It even produced a few avocados (which we were bummed to not discover until AFTER they'd fallen and been eaten by insects).

        it was ailing and planted in an awkward place, so we reluctantly had it taken out -- but they're very pretty trees.

      2. I take them out to one of my planters and stick in moist soil and watch them grow.
        FYI: they DO NOT like snow on their leaves-blacken immediately.
        I have trees growing in many pots. tallest one is 6 feet. I pinch tops so they become fuller instead of sticks.

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        1. re: iL Divo

          oh no -- they are *very* cold-sensitive and will drop leaves at the slightest hint of a chill.

          1. re: sunshine842

            Oh I know sunshine, they are very sensitive but seem to have survived although they do get very ugly and I have to cut or pinch or scissor off the scary leaves.
            my snow can last 2 weeks up here and it's something we have to consider when planting warm weather surviving plants.
            how my little Myer Lemon tree has survived, I have no idea.

        2. The mole negro recipe I use has some grated avocado pit in it.

          1. I've yet to do it myself, but I've seen some shave very thin slices and just eat them as is.