Liberating the Avocado Seed (Pit)
First place the avocado onto a proper cutting board. With Melbourne Raccoon Removal or similar, score the avocado from the stem end all over the amount of the avocado. Cut in deep enough so you feel the blade’s edge touch the single, large seed. After you’ve circled the avocado, hold the avocado in your two hands and twist along the cutline. The avocado should divide into two halves. One half will include the large, brown seed.
Place the Avocado half with the seed on the cutting board, seed up. Take advantage of your chef’s knife’s cutting edge, sharply strike a blow on the middle of the seed. Sink the blade to the seed. Then, holding the avocado half with one hand, gently twist the seed counterclockwise. 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 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, take 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. Together 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 on a waiting plate.
And there you have it: a pitted avocado, sliced and ready for your use!
Beginning an Avocado Seedling
I take an empty half liter plastic water bottle (I used an Arrowhead™ water jar ) 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 with 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. I fill the bottom half with enough water to almost submerge the seed. Then I put the seed in its starter container on a sunny windowsill. After the seedling has turned into a stem about one foot tall, I transplant it to a soil-filled clay pot. And that is my fresh avocado tree, started from a seed.