Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide

Subject: Fwd: amygdalin > hydrogen cyanide
From: Anthea Fleming <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:39:57 +1100
Peach and apricot kernels do contain some of the poisonous compound amygdalin found in bitter almonds and in their outer casing. But this is not very poisonous because persipan, a marzipan substitute, is made from peach and apricot kernels (don't know how it is prepared though). The flavour of apricot jam is much improved by including a kernel or two in each jar of jam. I wouldn't sit down and eat a lot of peach kernels, but I don't think they are likely to be fatal I presume the cockatoo is eating the fruit as well as the kernels. As birds go they are pretty tough. King Parrots ate my peaches last year, but i don't think they bothere d Sweet almond contains much less poison than bitter - old recipes recommend using one bitter almond to 100 sweet to improve flavour, but not more. I remember an old record of a sparrow which dropped dead after pecking an unripe green almond. As a child I was told that attempting to eat green almonds would have fatal results.

Anthea Fleming

On 10/12/2018 1:08 PM, Peter Shute wrote:
I'm forwarding the message below because for some reason they're not
reaching the list server. Replies to the list or to Judith, please.

Peter Shute
  with the stones.
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From: Judithla<>
Date: Saturday, 8 December 2018
Subject: amygdalin>  hydrogen cyanide

Each day a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is visiting an old peach tree in
my garden. Since ex-TC Tracy the local population of Rainbow Lorikeets
hasn’t come back, so the tree fruits quietly. Watching this lone
cockatoo yesterday, I realised that it’s chopping the flesh off in
order to eat the kernels. How is it still alive? …Any other records of

SEQ 500m

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