Avocado is a climacteric fruit. It ripens even if detached from tree. However, immature fruits cannot be eaten, full ripening should commence. The unripe fruit taste bitter. Fully ripen avocado can be determined by soft texture and skin color – usually violet but not true for all varieties.
When opening avocado fruit, you will notice its seed is unusually large, 1/5 to 1/4 of the whole fruit size. What are the uses for the seeds, as planting material or as compost. Perhaps it has some medicinal values.
According to website, answers.com: One raised a question if it is safe to eat avocado seeds. A respondent answered that it can be eaten. Roasting gently will removed the bitterness and the taste is similar to peanut. The testimony is also published in other popular websites.
Avocado seed tasting like peanut seems to be good thing. Peanut vendors can include spicy avocado seeds in their product lines. Its time to put it to a test.
I have one avocado seed in refrigerator. I intentionally kept it for this purpose.
I removed the outer seed covering. I guessed the only use for seed covering is just for compost.
Then I chopped it to small pieces. Smaller cubes will facilitate roasting and toasting process.
I roast it over a low flame for about 10 minutes. I tasted one cube and the taste was still bitter. I continue the roasting for another 5 minutes. I tasted again and the taste was still bitter.
I stopped the cooking process cause the seed will got burnt in few minutes.
The avocado seeds cannot be eaten due to its bitterness. Removing bad taste failed. My conclusion might not be true if I did something wrong in the process.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines. Do coaching and consultancy services on his free time.