Thekla McDaniels wrote:I have an apricot orchard, and have eaten a pit or two through the years. The ones I ate weren't bitter, but that's not speaking of every apricot pit. Cyanide is a common substance, with a low lethal dose, so I like to stay aware of where it might lurk.
has a chart of amounts of cyanide in foods we eat every day. A lot of them are seeds and pits.
might be worth a look!
I had several buckets of apricot pits one year, and planted them en masse, wanting a few vigorous seedlings. At the time I was planning to graft the seedlings with the ancient variety I have. Alas, I had wwoofers without brains, and when given an adjacent area to hoe, and despite boundary marker and explanation, they chopped out the seedlings.
Maybe if you decide to germinate yours, you won't get the same wwoofer blight!
Thekla McDaniels wrote:Trinda, I thought the article was worth sharing, and as Bill says, it's good to know how to drive the cyanide off.. And once you're done that, then they're not dangerous. What I learned was not to grind cherry pits when juicing...
Oh that's funny, Bill, did you mean to say pertinent? was that spell check that "helped" you just a little more than you needed? Spell check can be like that. I'm sure there's a good pun in there somewhere, what with "the pits' and "seedy" and "prurient". "He took a prurient interest in the seediness of the place. Who knew what kind of person might be found hanging out in such a pit, perhaps...?"
Thekla McDaniels wrote:Hi Bill, It's just the adventure of maturation isn't it? I figure the best thing to do is have fun with it.
Thekla McDaniels wrote:About the pit liqueur.... I don't know that cyanide dissolves in alcohol, but I do think it is possible for a substance to migrate out of the kernel, through the hard shell and into a liquid, if given adequate time. Those pits seem impervious, but I would not count on it. After all, they let water to infuse IN to begin germination.
Just something to think about.
The quantity of cyanide contained in peach stones can be different, depending on the variety of the peach, its maturation, etc.
In a study published by Rezaul Hauqe et al. in Food Chemistry , it was reported that 1 kg of dried peach stones contained about the equivalent of 700 mg HCN. This quantity can hardly be dangerous for a human. As reported by the Integrated Risk Information System, a quantity of 10.8 mg a day per kg of weight of a person did not cause any evident adverse effect.
For instance, a person weighting 70 kg could ingest up to 760 mg of cyanide every day without being affected; this would correspond to about 1 kg of peach stones every day – that is a lot of peach seeds.
The ingestion of such high quantity of stones is not very likely for a person; care should be taken, however, for accidental ingestion by small pets.
Jenna Ferresty wrote:What color dye do the peach pit hulls make?
Heather Ahrens wrote:I make Peach Pit Jam. Whenever I process a lug of peaches. It's proven to be a bigger "hit" than the peaches themselves.