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apricot seed

Chinese medicine
The inner kernel of apricots (Prunus armeniaca), which is used as an antitussive, expectorant and laxative.
 
Fringe oncology
Apricot seeds/pits are a source of amygdalin or Laetrile.
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These results indicate that bitter almond can be a good natural source of fatty acids lipid soluble vitamins phytosterols flavonoid phenolic compounds.
Finish: Warm, medium in length with just the lingering memory of bitter almonds.
Bitter Almond water was given as a treatment for kidney and bladder stones, gravel in the urine and for cleansing the biliary duct and as a treatment for rabies.
However, some seeds or pits (apricots, apples, cherries, plums, pears, and bitter almond) contain a small amount of amygdalin, which releases cyanide, a poison.
After all 'the peach was once a bitter almond; and cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
Palate: Big blast of pepper spice leading to a smoky, caramel sweetness, ripe dark fruits and ending with a rather short, warm finish, with just the memory of bitter almond.
The bitter almond has a shadier reputation than its sweet counterpart, but it has its virtues in spite of its literally toxic nature.
Wild cherries are used on account of their acidity and the bitter almond from the stones, which are crushed in with the fruit.
Benzaldehyde is the main component of oil of bitter almond. (11) Benzaldehyde can also be manufactured synthetically from a petrochemical source at an equivalent purity.
Amaretti have an exotic almond flavour which would complement the kirsch in the parfait, which almost has a bitter almond flavour itself.