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Apricot Seed

Also Known As : Apricot kernels, Apricot almonds, Bitter apricot kernels
Technical Name : Prunus armeniaca


Taste Profile

They are sweet and nutty in taste.

Usage Tips

  1. Apricot seeds can be used to make pies and apricot jams.
  2. They can be used to make sweet and spicy snacks.
  3. In Egypt, ground apricot seeds are mixed with coriander seeds and salt to make a traditional snack, called Dokka.
  4. They can be used in processed foods like almond finger biscuits and amaretto biscuits.

Common names and forms

  1. Apricot Kernels
  2. Dried Apricot Kernels
  3. Shelled Apricot Kernels


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.

Health benefits

  • Apricot seeds contain a substance called laetrile which may help to treat and prevent cancer.(1)
  • They are also helpful to maintain blood pressure levels.(1)
  • They are anti-inflammatory which can help to reduce arthritis symptoms.(1)
  • Apricot seeds help to maintain the immune system.(1)
  • Apricot seeds can be used as a moisturiser for dry areas such as feet, hands, elbows and knees.(1)


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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