It's a totally functional plant. Easy to care for, you can eat the fruit and can be grown inside! It's what's on the inside that counts! Anyway, my dear friend Lizzie gave me the book the Artful Avocado and I am totally inspired to grow my own. I just ate an avocado I purchased from the farmer's market yesterday, so I know it's a seed that's without nasty pesticides and has been given love n' care.