[nafex ibiblio list] Peach kernel - substitute for sweet almond (making marzipan)?

Dan Nave nave1 at comcast.net
Sat Jan 14 16:27:00 EST 2012

I believe there are several apricot varieties with edible pits but I stayed away from all sweet pit 
apricot varieties because we have a lot of squirrels and I was afraid that they would get into the 
habit of taking all the fruit in order to get at the pits.  I remember reading that the people in 
the area of north India to Afghanistan would select apricot trees not only on the basis of fruit 
quality but also on the quality of their pits as well.

When we were kids (in India) we would eat an apricot and then crack the seed between the door and 
door frame (heavy old doors) in order to get the pit out to eat.  They seemed fine to me, and I had 
a sensitive sense of taste.


On 1/14/2012 1:39 PM, Melissa Kacalanos wrote:
> Almost all stone fruits have poisonous pits. SOME varieties of apricot are an exception to this, with edible pits, which I think are better than almonds because they have a stronger flavor.
> I believe attempts have been made to breed a peach with edible kernels, with no success. If you stop posting here, we'll know that you've been eating peach kernels in quantity.
> I'd be interested in a discussion of which apricots have the tastiest fruit and kernels. I'm sure this would make my local squirrels happy.
> Melissa
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> Apricot kernel can be used as a substitute for bitter almond; in both cases, cooking is, of course, required to render it safe for human consumption.
> Can peach (or even apricot) kernel be used as a substitute in making marzipan (typically, almond paste plus sugar-syrup), after the kernel is cooked?
> Or is it that, both, peach and apricot can only be used as a substitute for bitter almond, and not a substitute for sweet almond?
> Thanks,
> Steve; NJ
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