[NAFEX] Apricot kernels

Dr.O'Barr Topgun at Otelco.net
Sun Dec 7 22:39:38 EST 2008

An adult can eat 17 kernels a day with no toxicity..


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From: "Ginda Fisher" <list at ginda.us>
To: "Martha L. Davis" <martha_davis at earthlink.net>; "North American Fruit 
Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 9:54 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Apricot kernels

> On Dec 4, 2008, at 1:02 PM, Martha L. Davis wrote:
>> Stephan,
>> "As your friendly neighborhood biochemist" How do you suggest I
>> test apricot kernels for low amigdalyn levels?  I am grafting a
>> variety of types, some of which are known to be sweet pit and some
>> bitter and some unknown.  I am interested in using sweet ones as
>> nuts, but certainly not interested in cyanide poisoning.  I know
>> that it is possible to use heat to denature the enzyme that
>> converts the precursor to the poison, when done on bitter pits one
>> gets a sort of solid almond flavoring not a nut in the munchie
>> sense, but it seems likely that that processing method isn't used
>> on the sweet pit ones and isn't needed.  Any ideas?
>> Martha
> Maybe this is a naive question, but wouldn't you be able to tell
> which are "sweet" by tasting them?  I didn't think apricot kernels
> were so toxic that tasting one carefully would be harmful.
> Ginda
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