To help you celebrate the greatest day of the year, we’re sharing our favorite recipes and crafts for National Avocado Day.

Avocado is literally in our name. So we couldn’t let National Avocado Day pass us by. Here’s an ode to everyone’s favorite healthy breakfast staple, burger topping, and chip dip  — and all the things you never knew you could do with this humble green fruit. 

Grow an Avocado Tree

I have tried this a few times on my own with little success. But thanks to tools like this terrazzo-style propagation cone — there are multiple colors — something tells me I’ll be growing a tree in no time. The best part? You can just use the seed from an avocado you bought at the store. Here’s the key, though. Before you place your seed on the propagation holder, use warm water to gently peel the outer layer of skin off the seed.

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Avocado seed propagation. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Make a Natural Dye

Nope, avocados will not dye your clothes green. Instead, the skins and pits actually result in a lovely light pink hue that’s perfect for dying bags, silk scarves, linen tops, and whatever else your heart desires. Doing so is easy, too. Simply wash and dry three to four seeds and skins (the more you use the more vibrant the color). Chop everything up, place them in a pot with water, and simmer on low heat for an hour or so. Strain out the chopped-up bits, put your fabric in the dye water, and let it sit until it’s turned into your desired color. Voilà!

Read More: Your DIY Guide to Naturally Dying Your Clothes

Whip up a Healthier Margarita

Can a margarita be guilt-free? Maybe not 100 percent but this recipe comes close. It includes all your classic marg ingredients but adds half an avocado to the shaker. The result is a deliciously creamy concoction that’s sure to become your new favorite. This cocktail is best enjoyed on a hot summer day with chips and guac.  

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Avocado margarita. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Coconut milk. Avocados. Local honey. Sounds like a match made in heaven! Even better, when you blend these three ingredients together, they combine to make rich, silky smooth, delectable ice cream. Just follow this simple recipe and you’ll have a few homemade scoops in no time.   

Read More: DIY Non-Dairy Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Create a Hydrating Face Mask

Show yourself some love with a replenishing face mask made with an antioxidant- and vitamin-rich avocado. In addition to avocado, all you need is ⅓ cup plain yogurt, two teaspoons of honey, and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Blend them together, let sit for 20 minutes, then slather on your face and relax for an at-home spa day.     

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Avocado face mask. Photo courtesy of Pexels.

Make a Soothing Body Butter

This recipe is more complicated than the face mask, but it’s well worth it. And, full-disclosure, you’ll be using avocado butter instead of the fruit, but we’ll let this one pass. Once you’ve created your luxurious concoction, store it in a jar and use daily for soft, supple skin.     

Read More: 3 DIY Face Masks to Soothe End-of-Summer Skin 

Help Us Plant Avocado Trees In The Peruvian Amazon

In honor of National Avocado Day, we’ve partnered with The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to work with small-scale farmers in low-income areas of Peruv. With every purchase from Friday, July 29 to August 1, we’ll support the planting of avocado trees — a sustainable source of food and income. Shop the sale here.

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