Although there are many things you can eat to stay healthy, avocados have certainly entered the mainstream. A delicious bowl of guacamole is not only an awesome snack, it will provide you with enough of this super fruit to help make a difference in your life.
Many people don’t realize that avocado is actually a fruit and there are impressive health benefits available for those who eat them regularly. They are jampacked with essential vitamins and minerals, including B5, B6, C, E, K and plenty of potassium. They also have lots of fiber and fatty acids that are considered “heart healthy.”
Not only are they good for you, they bring a lot of versatility to the kitchen as well. You can add them to many dishes for a unique splash of color or substitute them for less healthy choices without sacrificing flavor.
The best part of the whole thing is that you can grow your own avocados, even if you are living with limited space. Here’s how:
1. Sprout your avocados seed
Clean the avocados seed and carefully stick four toothpicks into it. Separate the toothpicks at equal distances halfway down from the top. They will help to suspend the seed in a cup of water. Keep the seed soaking in an inch of water inside of a cup with the dimpled end facing down.
Set the cup somewhere warm but don’t put it in the direct sunlight. It will need to soak for anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks and at that point, you should begin to see a stem and roots sprout.
When the stem reaches 6 inches in length, cut it back to 3 inches and wait for more leaves to grow.
2. Plant the seed
You will need a pot about 10 inches in diameter and fill it with nutrient rich soil. After making a small hole in the center of the soil, plant the seed with the roots down and half of the seed still exposed.
Water the avocado seed generously and regularly, making sure that you keep the soil moist but don’t oversaturate it. If the leaves begin to turn yellow or droop, allow some time for the soil to dry before resuming watering. If the leaves turn brown and dry, you may not be watering the plants enough.
That’s all there is to it. Keep watering and tending to your tree and before you know it, you will have awesome avocado fruit to enjoy.
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