Apricot Kernels – FAQs

How do I know my kernels are fresh?

Fresh apricot kernels are cinnamon in color. Apricot kernels that have been out of the shell too long turn a grayish brown color. The longer they’ve been out of the shell and exposed to oxygen, the darker they become. If kernels are grayish or darker brown, they’re not fresh – plain and simple.

Remember, the longer a kernel has been exposed to oxygen, the less nutritive it becomes. For this reason, it’s important you keep your kernels sealed – preferably refrigerated.

How can you tell if kernels have been bleached?

Bleached apricot kernals have been boiled, which results in a skinless, pale-colored kernel. Unfortunately, boiling anything destroys much of its vitamin, enzyme and nutrient content.

How are the raw apricot kernels consumed?

We generally recommend that one chew (or grind) the kernels. If you decide to grind your apricot kernels, we suggest to only grind what you will consume so that you know exactly how many apricot kernels you are consuming each time. Also, you will want to keep the new grinds wrapped, protected and fresh so that the apricot kernels’ natural nutritional compounds are not compromised.

To help mask the bitter taste, one may desire to take the apricot kernel (kernal) grinds and sprinkle them lightly over hot vegetables, baked potatoes, soup, salad and/or mix them into oatmeal, cold cereal, granola, or trail mix, etc. For more ideas on apricot kernels consumption, take a look at our recipes section.

What quantity should I eat per day?

Generally, one may consume 1 1/2 to 2 kernels for every 10 lbs of body weight. For example, a 150 lb person might consume a maximum of 30 kernels in one day (i.e. 15 x 2 kernels for every 10 lbs body weight).

PLEASE NOTE: These natural foods should be consumed in rational amounts. Too many kernels or seeds, for example, can be expected to produce unpleasant side effects. So that you don’t overwhelm your body, which will depend on each individual, it is generally a good idea to spread the consumption of your apricot kernels in smaller, manageable portions throughout the day.

How many apricot kernels are there in one (1) bag of apricot kernels?

There are approximately 700 kernels in a bag.

How long will it take me to eat one (1) bag of apricot kernels?

A 150 lb person might consume 1 bag of apricot kernels (approx. 700 kernels in a bag) in about 1 to 1 1/2 months.

How should I store them?

The best way to store apricot kernels is to seal them in a plastic bag or hermetic container and place them in the fridge or freezer.

How long will they keep in storage?

They will generally keep between 10 and 18 months (or 1 1/2 years).

Tell Me More About Fruit Seeds and Cyanide

The first thing to note about cyanide is that its compounds are very different from one another. Hydrocyanic acid, which occurs in nature (eg. In the seed of common fruits- except citrus) is worlds apart from the potassium cyanide used in the gas chamber (for example).

The second thing to note is that there is no free hydrogen cyanide floating around in the hydrocyanic acid of the foods such as apricot kernels, buckwheat, millet and cassava.

Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) has to be manufactured by the tumour enzyme beta-glucosidase when hydrocyanic acid comes into contact with tumor tissue. Tests show that even when HCN is present in the body in this beneficial reaction, it is harmless to healthy tissue and non- toxic.

Hundreds of thousands of people consume reasonable amounts apricot kernels each day with no problems. The problem could occur for example if one were to consume too many kernels at one sitting.

What are the symptoms?

Occasionally a feeling of nausea, dizziness or blurred vision could occur if one were to consume too many kernels at one sitting. If any of these occur, then remember how many kernels you ate at one time and simply make sure you don’t repeat that experience.


* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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  1. Hey there, where can I order non-bleached aprcot kernel seeds from and how much are they per bag (approx 700kernel)???

    Thank you for your help and information 🙂

  2. Thanks for your wise words; so many people go to either extreme when talking about apricot kernels. Whether bitter or sweet, apricot kernels are a healthy food, if taken in moderation, and can be used as a powerful medicine for lung problems. (Thanks Chinese medicine!) For those curious: according to ancient medical systems, taking bitter fruit seeds like apricot kernel, spanish/bitter almond, apple seed, etc with a small spoonful of raw honey will help to relieve lung problems, both chronic and minor. To do this, eat the seeds raw and apart from meals, as a snack. (Better yet, as your first food for the day or replacing dinner, within reason.)

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