Apricot (Prunus armeniaca) kernels are the seeds of apricots, which are found inside the pits or stones or
within the endocarp of fruit of apricots. This seed and endocarp together called a stone or pit. Or Simply, the hard shell of the seeds is also known as seeds stone. It is similar to a small almond in appearance and are white in colour but becomes light brown when dried out. Also, sweet apricot kernels are so sweeter that these can be substituted for almonds, but their taste is not like almonds, though they look like almonds.
Apricot Kernels can be obtained by cracking this seed stone with nutcracker or hammer. Apricot kernels can be bitter and can be sweet. Apricot kernels feature in the apricot jams, snacks and different recipes.
Apricot kernels have a lot of health benefits.
Bitter apricot kernels have industrial usage and are used in cosmetic and oil press industry. Bitter apricot kernels do have the hazard of cyanide poisoning. Kernels of apricots are also linked with cancer treatments, but without supporting evidence.
Apricot kernels contains the oil, carbohydrates, protein and fiber.
It also contain a compound , named, Amygdalin. Amygdalin is a substance, which is bitter in taste and found
in numerous fruit seeds, like bitter apricot seeds, bitter almond seeds and apple seeds etc. Amygdalin converts
into cyanide in the digestion system during metabolism. Cyanide is a toxic chemical. Though some scientists also
believes that amygdalin helps in fighting tumors and cancer cells.
Apricot kernels have antioxidant, anti-bacteria, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Apricot kernel’s oil is extracted from the seeds of apricots through cold-pressing method. This oil is used
for culinary purposes and for medicinal purposes as well. This oil contains Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega 9,
Omega 6, Omega 3, Palmitic acid, and Stearic acid.