Apricot seed is the small kernel enclosed within the wood-like pit at the center of the fruit, often called a "stone". Apricot seeds are classified as members of the Rosaceae family. They are white in color when fresh and becomes light brown when dried out. They can be used as a substitute for almonds in some countries like China. The oil pressed from the apricot seed can be used for cooking. It can be used as a salad oil as well.
Apricot kernels contain a naturally occurring substance, Amygdalin. When amygdalin is consumed, it converts to cyanide in their body. Cyanide is deadly chemical that can cause dizziness, nausea, headache, mental confusion, convulsions and inability to breath.(2)
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