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  1. #1
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Sweet Apricot Kernels From Trader Joe's

    I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    is only $1.99. They're great! Slightly sweet
    with a subtle apricot finish. I'm not sure this
    bag will see the light of tomorrow. Certainly
    not at the rate they're disappearing!

  2. #2
    merryb Guest

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    On Dec 10, 11:33*am, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    > reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    > An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    > is only $1.99. *They're great! *Slightly sweet
    > with a subtle apricot finish. *I'm not sure this
    > bag will see the light of tomorrow. *Certainly
    > not at the rate they're disappearing!


    Do they taste like almonds? Wonder if people with nut allergies could
    eat them...

  3. #3
    Mark Thorson Guest

    Default Re: Sweet Apricot Kernels From Trader Joe's

    merryb wrote:
    >
    > On Dec 10, 11:33 am, Mark Thorson <nos...@sonic.net> wrote:
    > > I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    > > reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    > > An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    > > is only $1.99. They're great! Slightly sweet
    > > with a subtle apricot finish. I'm not sure this
    > > bag will see the light of tomorrow. Certainly
    > > not at the rate they're disappearing!

    >
    > Do they taste like almonds? Wonder if people with nut allergies
    > could eat them...


    The texture is similar. The flavor less so, with
    a distinct apricot note. I don't know about allergies
    -- some are very species-specific, while others are
    more general. It probably depends on the individual.

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    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    Mark wrote:

    > I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    > reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    > An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    > is only $1.99. They're great! Slightly sweet
    > with a subtle apricot finish. I'm not sure this
    > bag will see the light of tomorrow. Certainly
    > not at the rate they're disappearing!


    THAT'S an interesting find! Amaretto is made from apricot kernels rather
    than almonds, you know. I'd be a bit too afraid of their cyanide content to
    down them by the handful.

    Bob




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    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Sweet Apricot Kernels From Trader Joe's

    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    > reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    > An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    > is only $1.99. They're great! Slightly sweet
    > with a subtle apricot finish. I'm not sure this
    > bag will see the light of tomorrow. Certainly
    > not at the rate they're disappearing!



    I thought that peach and apricot kernels contained cyanide.

    gloria p

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    Lynn from Fargo Guest

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    On Dec 10, 5:10*pm, Gloria P <gpues...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    > > I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    > > reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    > > An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    > > is only $1.99. *They're great! *Slightly sweet
    > > with a subtle apricot finish. *I'm not sure this
    > > bag will see the light of tomorrow. *Certainly
    > > not at the rate they're disappearing!

    >
    > I thought that peach and apricot kernels contained cyanide.
    >
    > gloria p


    So did I!
    Lynn in Fargo
    wasn't it" Laetrile" - that cancer "cure" from the 60s

  7. #7
    Bob Terwilliger Guest

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    Lynn chimed in:

    >> Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>> I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    >>> reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    >>> An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    >>> is only $1.99. They're great! Slightly sweet
    >>> with a subtle apricot finish. I'm not sure this
    >>> bag will see the light of tomorrow. Certainly
    >>> not at the rate they're disappearing!

    >>
    >> I thought that peach and apricot kernels contained cyanide.
    >>
    >> gloria p

    >
    > So did I!
    > Lynn in Fargo
    > wasn't it" Laetrile" - that cancer "cure" from the 60s



    ....and Mark was never heard from again.


    Bob
    Laetrile itself was a synthetic compound. There's a Mexican product called
    laetrile which is extracted from apricot kernels as well as bitter almonds,
    but although the two products share the same name, they're not the same
    chemical.




  8. #8
    merryb Guest

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    On Dec 10, 1:43*pm, "Bob Terwilliger" <virtualgoth@die_spammer.biz>
    wrote:
    > Mark wrote:
    > > I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    > > reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    > > An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    > > is only $1.99. *They're great! *Slightly sweet
    > > with a subtle apricot finish. *I'm not sure this
    > > bag will see the light of tomorrow. *Certainly
    > > not at the rate they're disappearing!

    >
    > THAT'S an interesting find! Amaretto is made from apricot kernels rather
    > than almonds, you know. I'd be a bit too afraid of their cyanide content to
    > down them by the handful.
    >
    > Bob


    I believe some almond paste is made from apricot kernels...

  9. #9
    Jean B. Guest

    Default Re: Sweet Apricot Kernels From Trader Joe's

    Bob Terwilliger wrote:
    > Lynn chimed in:
    >
    >>> Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>>> I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    >>>> reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    >>>> An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    >>>> is only $1.99. They're great! Slightly sweet
    >>>> with a subtle apricot finish. I'm not sure this
    >>>> bag will see the light of tomorrow. Certainly
    >>>> not at the rate they're disappearing!
    >>> I thought that peach and apricot kernels contained cyanide.
    >>>
    >>> gloria p

    >> So did I!
    >> Lynn in Fargo
    >> wasn't it" Laetrile" - that cancer "cure" from the 60s

    >
    >
    > ...and Mark was never heard from again.
    >
    >
    > Bob
    > Laetrile itself was a synthetic compound. There's a Mexican product called
    > laetrile which is extracted from apricot kernels as well as bitter almonds,
    > but although the two products share the same name, they're not the same
    > chemical.
    >
    >
    >

    From a wikipedia article on the things:

    "In 1993, The State Department of Agriculture and Markets of New
    York tested the cyanide content of two 8oz. packages of the bitter
    kernel which were being sold in health food stores as a health
    snack. The results returned showed that each package, if consumed
    entirely, contained at least double the lethal dosage of cyanide
    needed to kill a human being. [1] In spite of this, there were no
    USA deaths and only 1 serious toxicity from apricot kernels
    reported from 1979 to 1998.[4]"

    --
    Jean B.

  10. #10
    Wayne Boatwright Guest

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    On Wed 10 Dec 2008 06:02:40p, Jean B. told us...

    > Bob Terwilliger wrote:
    >> Lynn chimed in:
    >>
    >>>> Mark Thorson wrote:
    >>>>> I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    >>>>> reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    >>>>> An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    >>>>> is only $1.99. They're great! Slightly sweet
    >>>>> with a subtle apricot finish. I'm not sure this
    >>>>> bag will see the light of tomorrow. Certainly
    >>>>> not at the rate they're disappearing!
    >>>> I thought that peach and apricot kernels contained cyanide.
    >>>>
    >>>> gloria p
    >>> So did I!
    >>> Lynn in Fargo
    >>> wasn't it" Laetrile" - that cancer "cure" from the 60s

    >>
    >>
    >> ...and Mark was never heard from again.
    >>
    >>
    >> Bob
    >> Laetrile itself was a synthetic compound. There's a Mexican product
    >> called laetrile which is extracted from apricot kernels as well as
    >> bitter almonds, but although the two products share the same name,
    >> they're not the same chemical.
    >>
    >>
    >>

    > From a wikipedia article on the things:
    >
    > "In 1993, The State Department of Agriculture and Markets of New
    > York tested the cyanide content of two 8oz. packages of the bitter
    > kernel which were being sold in health food stores as a health
    > snack. The results returned showed that each package, if consumed
    > entirely, contained at least double the lethal dosage of cyanide
    > needed to kill a human being. [1] In spite of this, there were no
    > USA deaths and only 1 serious toxicity from apricot kernels
    > reported from 1979 to 1998.[4]"
    >


    Then I take it they don't use those in gas chambers. :-)

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  11. #11
    Mark Thorson Guest

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    "Jean B." wrote:
    >
    > "In 1993, The State Department of Agriculture and Markets of New
    > York tested the cyanide content of two 8oz. packages of the bitter
    > kernel which were being sold in health food stores as a health
    > snack. The results returned showed that each package, if consumed
    > entirely, contained at least double the lethal dosage of cyanide
    > needed to kill a human being. [1] In spite of this, there were no
    > USA deaths and only 1 serious toxicity from apricot kernels
    > reported from 1979 to 1998.[4]"


    These are not the least bit bitter.

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    Arri London Guest

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    Gloria P wrote:
    >
    > Mark Thorson wrote:
    > > I was in the mood for some nuts, and disappointedly
    > > reviewing their offerings when I spotted this item.
    > > An 8 oz. bag of dry-roasted sweet apricot kernels
    > > is only $1.99. They're great! Slightly sweet
    > > with a subtle apricot finish. I'm not sure this
    > > bag will see the light of tomorrow. Certainly
    > > not at the rate they're disappearing!

    >
    > I thought that peach and apricot kernels contained cyanide.
    >
    > gloria p



    They do but in varying amounts. The molecule is amygdalin, which
    contains cyanide (CN). The CN breaks off during metabolism. It has been
    known to cause poisoning in children; don't know about adults. Would
    need to eat a fair amount.

    Almonds (and bitter almonds) also contain amygdalin.

  13. #13
    Jean B. Guest

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    Mark Thorson wrote:
    > "Jean B." wrote:
    >> "In 1993, The State Department of Agriculture and Markets of New
    >> York tested the cyanide content of two 8oz. packages of the bitter
    >> kernel which were being sold in health food stores as a health
    >> snack. The results returned showed that each package, if consumed
    >> entirely, contained at least double the lethal dosage of cyanide
    >> needed to kill a human being. [1] In spite of this, there were no
    >> USA deaths and only 1 serious toxicity from apricot kernels
    >> reported from 1979 to 1998.[4]"

    >
    > These are not the least bit bitter.


    I wonder whether bitter almond IS bitter. Seems to me that it is
    just more intensely flavored, but then I am really dredging back
    into my memory.

    I gather that since TJ's isn't getting single-source items from
    China, that these are from elsewhere. They will come in handy for
    the old-time recipes that include some bitter almonds along with
    normal ones.

    --
    Jean B.

  14. #14
    Giusi Guest

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    "Jean B." ha scritto nel messaggio > I wonder whether bitter almond IS
    bitter. Seems to me that it is
    > just more intensely flavored, but then I am really dredging back into my
    > memory.

    --
    > Jean B.


    In my experience they are. A mix that contains them isn't pleasant to eat
    out of hand.



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