The legal limit of cyanide per gram of apricot kernels has recently been halved and it is now extremely difficult to source bitter apricot kernels with such a low level of cyanide. Many others have reverted to selling the higher-cyanide-containing apricot kernels for crushing to make body scrub, leaving the onus on the customer to use as they desire. However, if we did this we would not be able to provide you with the essential safety information you need for taking internally, as they are not then sold for food use and any instructions that would suggest food use such as maximum intake per day would deem them illegal. Therefore, we have sadly had to temporarily discontinue this product until we are able to source bitter apricot kernels with a lower cyanide level so we may sell them legally for food use and give you the best safety advice we can.
WHAT ARE APRICOT KERNELS?
Apricot kernels are removed from inside the seeds of the apricot fruit and look similar to almonds. Apricot kernels are high in monounsaturated fat, contain a good source of fibre, protein, amygdalin (also called B17) and pangamic acid (also called B15). There are two types of apricot kernels, sweet or bitter. It is the amygdalin in the kernels that give a not unpleasant bitter taste. The bitter taste can be compared to almonds, but is much stronger. Eating apricot kernels is very common in Turkey, Iran and other middle eastern countries.
Our wild crafted bitter apricot kernels are fresh, full of flavour and with all of the valuable nutrients preserved. They are treated with ozone to ensure they are free of molds and pathogens which helps maintain the freshness of the kernels. They are tested to ensure that the cyanide they contain is within the legal limit.
The best way to enjoy apricot kernels is to simply chew them as a nutritious tasty snack, but do not swallow them whole. Some foods are an acquired taste, and this can be said for bitter apricot kernels, so when you first try them you might want to do so with orange juice. Why not add them to your cereal, or grind them up and add honey.
A suggested dose of 1 to 2 whole kernels per day, 1 kernel per 50Kg of body weight. Not suitable for children.
It is important not to exceed the recommended dosage of apricot kernels as they are a cyanogen (they break down into cyanide within the body).