Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on growing an avocado from a pit (seed). I feel like avocados have gained a lot of popularity over the past few years, and probably for good reasons. This wonderful FRUIT (yes, it’s another one of those things that’s really a fruit) is packed full of so much nutrition.
Did you know… avocados have more potassium than bananas! Potassium is important for healthy blood pressure, and preventing heart attacks, stroke, and kidney failure.
Did you know… avocados are high in the same monounsaturated fat as olive oil! Monounsaturated fats, specifically the oleic acid found in avocados, has been shown to reduce inflammation and have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.
Did you know… half of an avocado has 7 grams of fiber, which is 25% of the daily recommended amount of fiber. (We recommend 25-35g daily.) Most of the fiber is insoluble, which is so important for gut health.
So if you’re
craving some guacamole or avocados on toast, let me tell you how to get started growing your own avocado plant.
You’ll need a pit, 3 tooth picks, and a jar. Clean and dry the avocado pit, then press 3 tooth picks into the seed (gently) in such a way that the seed can suspend in water. The blunt end needs to be in the water (roots) and then pointier end needs to face up (stem.) And yes, you want the blunt end soaking in water at all times.
Be patient. Root will begin to sprout in several weeks. It’s best to store the jar somewhere warm, but out of direct sunlight. Once you stem gets to be several inches long, plant in soil.
I have awhile to go before I get any fruit from my tree, but it’s such an awesome feeling to grow your own food!
Anyone else ever try growing an avocado tree? Let me know your tips and tricks below!