5 Fruit Pits and Seeds You Can Actually Eat

Don’t throw these away!

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Fruit is nutritious, delicious, and loved by all. Some fruits, like strawberries and grapes, can be eaten whole, popped like candies, while others have pits and rinds that are first removed. Think before you toss those pits and seeds as some are edible and very healthy. 

Check out these five fruit pits and seeds that may have otherwise been tossed out. Use them in moderation to enjoy their health benefits.

Watermelon seeds
There’s nothing like enjoying a slice of chilled, thirst-quenching watermelon. People routinely spit out or remove the watermelon seeds, without realizing that they are digestible. They are actually nutrient dense, according to Healthline, containing magnesium and iron. Eat them straight or bake them. One delicious idea, recommended by Times Now, is to oven roast them with a bit of olive oil and salt.

Papaya seeds
Don’t throw out those crunchy, black papaya seeds! These nutritious seeds are filled with polyphenols and flavonoids, according to Times Now. Eating them may help prevent oxidative stress and chronic disease. They have a peppery taste and can be added to many dishes, including salads. First scoop out the seeds, strain, rinse, and dry them, recommends Everyday Health. Let them air dry on the counter or crush them and then use as a seasoning. 

Orange seeds
They may have a slightly bitter taste, but orange seeds eaten in small quantities are packed in nutrients. They are filled with vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6, omega 3, plus palmitic, oleic, and linoleic acids, according to boldsky. Orange seeds may help manage blood pressure and prevent constipation. Plus, they are immunity boosters and may offer energy when fatigue sets in. 

Apricot seeds
Tucked inside the pit of an apricot is a tiny seed that looks like an almond. This apricot kernel, according to Apricot Power, contains the highest concentration of vitamin B17 of any food around the globe. 

B17, also known as amygdalin, may improve hair growth, regulate hypertension, and improve memory. It also has antioxidant properties plus offers pain relief. The seeds are also rich in vitamin E, contain fatty acids that assist in muscle and brain activity, and may strengthen bones and help with metabolism.

Guava seeds
Yes, guava seeds are bountiful and crunchy, and yes, you can safely eat them! Some varieties of guava contain larger, harder seeds, according to Guava Facts. These can be removed and then ground up into a powder or put into a blender. 

The bottom line, though, is to keep them and eat them as they are very nutritious. The seeds contain protein, dietary fibers, and healthy fats. In addition, there is an essential oil in guava seeds that may assist in heart health.

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