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Cyanide in sweet versus bitter almonds

I had an interesting call this morning. A woman wanted to know whether Hall's Hardy variety of almonds had to be processed to remove the cyanide to make them safe for eating. I knew apple, cherry, peach and nectarine seeds (all in the same family as almonds) have cyanide in them, but never gave any thought to whether almonds did. Rarely would we eat enough seeds of apples or peaches to get a toxic amount of cyanide. However, we often eat almonds in quantity without getting sick.

Could almonds be poisonous? I asked our Cooperative Extension nutrition and food safety …

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The Record Courier Updated Oct 16, 2012 05:31PM Published Oct 16, 2012 05:29PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.