Apricot season has begun and my neighbor’s tree is full of fruit. We save the seeds so we can crack them open for the kernels that we then crush and add to sugar cookie dough. The famous Italian amaretto liquer and cookies are made using these kernels. Apricot kernels are also used in soaps.
There is controversy as to the dangers of eating apricot kernels. They contain amygdalin that can cause cyanide poisoning. But research also indicates that the kernels help fight cancer.
As always, moderation is the rule. So, with some self-restraint, we will continue to eat our amaretto style cookies!