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 suggested way to prepare an avocado. Beware… my way does demand a large, sharp knife!
First place the avocado on a suitable cutting board. With an 8 inch chef’s knife or similar, score the avocado from the stem end all over the amount of the avocado. Cut in deep enough so that you feel the blade’s edge touch the single, large seed. When 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, brownish seed.
Place 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, sharply hit a blow on the middle of the seed. Sink the blade into the seed. Then, holding the avocado half with one hand, gently twist the seed . The seed will come free in the avocado half.
Removing the Seed in the Knife
I remove the seed from the blade by gently pulling the seed from the blade using 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 pieces, have a butter knife’s dull back edge and score the avocado flesh at 1/4 inch intervals, cutting into the shell but not through it. The slices should slip away from the shell and fall out onto a waiting plate.
Starting an Avocado Seedling
I take an empty half liter plastic water bottle (I used an Arrowhead™ water jar ) and with a sharp razor knife, slit the bottle in half just above the flare in the center. 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 at the bottom half of the plastic jar. I fill the bottom half with enough water to almost submerge the seed. Then I place the seed in its starter container on a sunny windowsill. And that is my fresh avocado tree, started from a seed.