After Penelope Middleton published her latest book on Amazon,”Exotic Cooking,” she received a number of emails asking how to safely and easily seed an avocado. So, rising to the occasion like a hungry bass chasing a tasty meal, here is my proposed way to prepare an avocado. Beware… my way does involve a large, sharp knife!
First place the avocado on a proper cutting board. With an 8 inch chef’s knife or similar, score the avocado from the stem end all over the length of the avocado. Cut in deep enough so you feel the blade’s edge touch the single, large seed. After you have circled the avocado, then hold the avocado in both hands and twist along the cutline. The avocado should separate into two halves. One half will include the large, brown seed.
Put the Avocado half with the seed onto the cutting board, seed up. Keep your fingers away from the avocado. Take advantage of your chef’s knife’s cutting edge, harshly strike a blow on the center of the seed. Sink the blade to the seed. Then, holding the avocado half with one hand, gently twist the seed . The seed will come free from the avocado half.
Removing the Seed in the Knife
I remove the seed from the blade by gently pulling the seed out of the blade with the stainless steel edge of the sink. After washing the seed to remove any residual avocado flesh, I prepare the seed for rooting.
To make avocado slices, have a butter knife’s dull back edge and score the avocado flesh at 1/4 inch intervals, cutting to the shell but not through it. With the back edge of the butter knife, run it around the inside of the shell, loosening the slices. The slices should slip away from the shell and fall out onto a waiting plate.
And there you have it: a pitted avocado, sliced and ready for your use!
Starting an Avocado Seedling
I take an empty half liter plastic water bottle (I used an Arrowhead™ water bottle) and using a sharp razor knife, slit the bottle in half just above the flare in the middle. I drilled four holes around the pointed end of the seed using my trusty electric hand drill and a 1/16 inch drill bit. After seating a toothpick firmly into each of the four holes, I suspend the seed in the bottom half of the plastic jar. Then I put the seed in its starter container on a sunny windowsill. And that’s my new avocado tree, started from a seed.