Organic apricot seeds, also known as kernels, pits, stones or nuts, are an excellent source of vitamin B-17, which is known as laetrile. It is believed that in high doses laetrile is effective in preventing and treating cancer.
Apricot Seeds - Sweet or Bitter
The apricot is a stone fruit, and the seed inside is actually a nut. Like all nuts, it is rich in nutritious protein and fat. The area of the world where the apricot seeds were produced will determine if they will have a sweet or very bitter taste.
Apricot seeds from Central Asia and the Mediterranean area are very sweet and are often used as a substitute for almonds and for flavoring extracts used in Italian amaretti biscotti and the Italian liqueur Amaretto. Apricot seeds produced in other areas of the world have a very strong bitter taste
How to Use Apricot Seeds
Many people use organic apricot seeds as a spice and either grind or shred them before adding them to foods including:
- Hot vegetables
- Baked potatoes
- Trail mix
Others love the taste of them as they are and eat them whole. Make sure to always chew an apricot kernel, never swallow one whole.
Where to Find Organic Apricot Seeds Online
Most suppliers of apricot seeds sell them with the hull, or shell, already removed. Apricot seeds should be air dried for safety to prevent the growth of mold. Air drying preserves the enzymes and nutrients contained within the seeds. Apricot seeds that have been organically grown can be ordered on the Internet.
The following websites are only a sampling of the many available suppliers.
A Word of Caution
It must be said that eating too many apricot kernels is not good for you. Please read the section Apricot Kernel Caution found on the Apricot Power website. The page also has excellent information about apricot kernels and delicious recipes.
Apricot seeds are an excellent way to add vitamin B-17 into your diet, but care should be taken not to ingest them in large amounts.