Is Avocado Rind a Natural De-Wormer?
I've had a longstanding question that I thought I'd poll you guys on. I was wondering if it is safe to give avocado rind to my worms (Eisenia fetida). When I first got the worms (many years ago), they came with a little instructional handout. One of the foods listed as "bad for them" was avocado because, as it said, it can be a natural de-wormer. However, on many vermicomposting websites, avocado rinds are readily listed as appropriate fair for the worm bin. I know that a lot of people do put them in their bins, but in a bin of several thousand worms, would you realistically be able to tell if the ones that ate the rinds crawled away and died? Or even harder to tell, if they did not die but were just sickened? I've been vermicomposting for a long time now and I just love my little guys. I've held back on adding avocado to their diet so far. Avocado is, however, a large part of my diet, and I would love to do something more productive with the by-product than de-worm all of the neighborhood squirrels :)
Thanks for your input!
Couple of references to avocado's dark side: