I just signed up for a Facebook page called The Raw Alchemic Kitchen.
This posting was there and I thought I would share it with you as it is another frugal use of something most of us usually throw away.
Most of us discard the seeds, stones, and pits of our fruits and veggies. Some of us grew up terrified that one might sprout in our bellies if accidentally swallowed. We've heard that eating some of them could kill us. Others have been touted as nutritious. With all the old wive's tales, myths, anecdotes, and homeopathic remedies floating around out there, it's hard to know what we should believe.
Below you'll find the research that we've conducted. Please keep in mind that we are not doctors, and we make no claim that any of the remedies below will prevent, treat, or cure any disease. Much of this research is condensed from ethnic lore from the areas in which the fruits originate. Please consume pits with due caution and use sound judgement.
According to the USDA, date pits contain at least 5 percent protein and at least nine percent fat. Date fruit and seeds have been shown to help prevent liver toxicity in laboratory rats. They are also able to absorb heavy metals. Date pits have also demonstrated anti-viral effects and powdered date seed may help cure the common cold. Date-Stone Honey
To treat a cold, grind up date seeds and mix with honey. Date-Stone Coffee
Roast your cleaned, dried date seeds between 140-200 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour and bring to room temperature. Grind them as you would regular coffee and brew them as usual. Avocado Pits
Ground avocado pits are an excellent source of soluble fiber (even better than oatmeal!). They should only be ground in a high-powered blender with plenty of liquid. Mix them with fresh fruit to mask the somewhat bitter taste, or add them to smoothies. Here's one to try: Chococado Smoothie
Whole Avocado (with pit), skin removed
1/2 cup raw Almonds, Cashews, or Macadamia Nuts
1/4 cup Cacao Powder
1/4 cup Agave Nectar or Honey
(For an extra kick add some Maca, Hemp Seeds, Bee Pollen and/or Coconut Oil) Plum, Peach, Apricot, and Nectarine Stones
Edible in moderation
With a distinct almond flavor (they are, in fact, related to almonds), stone fruit seeds are considered a treat by many. Amaretto liqueur is actually flavored by these stones fruit kernels, rather than by almonds, as is widely believed. Some widely-disputed claims of the cancer-curing properties of stone fruit kernels have been made.
Dry the stone thoroughly. Split the stone open to remove the almond-shaped kernel. Melon and Squash Seeds
Pumpkin, watermelon, cantaloupe and honey dew are among the most frequently enjoyed gourd seeds, but virtually all of the seeds from this family can be consumed either with or without their hulls. You may find some varieties too difficult to consume due to hull thickness. They are protein and nutrient-rich. You can blend and strain them to make milks, or season and dehydrate them for a savory snack. Mango Seeds
The mango seed kernel contains edible fat, which is a white solid similar to cacao butter. Mango seed fat can be extracted and used in chocolates in lieu of cacao butter. The kernels ca be consumed by soaking them in water to remove the tannins, then drying them. Papaya Seeds
Papaya seeds impart a slightly bitter peppery flavor to dishes. They're known for their ability to rid a person of parasites, but they can also be used topically to neutralize the venom from a wasp or bee sting. For an easy, versatile papaya seed dressing recipe, look at some of our earlier notes!
Don't feel like throwing that avocado pit into your next blender drink? Use it on your face instead! Simply leave an avocado pit out to dry for a few days, then place it in a plastic bag (what a great way to re=use one that your bulk flax seed came in!) and smash it to bits with a hammer. Your goal is to make it a fine powder. Then mix it with 1/2 of a ripe banana and a tablespoon of olive oil.
To use your exfoliating avocado scrub, gently smooth it over your skin, then rinse with warm water. Use a cold water rinse to close your pores before patting your face dry with a clean towel.
"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves." Gandhi