Apricot kernels

Oct 25, 2022

The apricot – also known as apricot in Austria – is known as a typical summer fruit. The fruity, refreshing taste is very popular. However, very few people know that apricot kernels are also fantastically tasty and super healthy.

Get to know the difference between bitter and sweet apricot kernels here and find out more about their origin, effect and use.

What are apricot kernels?

Apricot trees are small deciduous trees and resemble a shrub. When they are in bloom the trees are truly magnificent. The beautiful flowers of the apricot trees shine in a delicate pink and attract numerous bees with their nectar. It's not just bees who are drawn to the splendor of the flowers - every year, numerous visitors are drawn to the growing regions of the apricot trees to admire the special natural spectacle of the apricot blossom.

The fruits of the apricot tree are orange, sometimes even spotted red, and are about the size of a table tennis ball. Inside the apricot is the hard, woody stone. When an apricot stone is dried and cracked, the apricot kernel is obtained. The apricot kernels look very similar to almonds. However, while the apricot kernels resemble almonds in appearance and consistency, they have a unique, slightly sweet and nutty taste.

Where do the apricot trees grow?

Apricot trees grow primarily in dry and hot areas. That's why they are preferably grown in Mediterranean countries such as Italy, Türkiye and Spain. The largest growing area is in the Turkish province of Malatya. Turkey is therefore the largest apricot producer in the world.

Our PlantLife apricot kernels, on the other hand, come from the beautiful, fertile Samarkand, in Uzbekistan, where we know the farmers personally. From spring to late autumn, different types of apricots can be harvested in Uzbekistan and dried in nature. The climatic conditions are simply perfect for growing apricots sustainably and energy-efficiently.

Are apricot kernels poisonous or healthy?

Not all apricot kernels are the same. There are sweet and bitter apricot kernels.

Bitter apricot kernels contain amygdalin, which splits off the toxic hydrogen cyanide during the digestive process. Although the human organism is able to break down a certain amount of hydrogen cyanide, consuming larger amounts (more than 0.02 mg hydrogen cyanide per kg of body weight) results in dangerous symptoms of poisoning. The authorities therefore recommend that you avoid consumption. And if these are taken, adults should eat a maximum of 2 kernels per day.
Bitter apricot kernels are said to have anti-cancer properties. However, this has not been scientifically proven. So be sure to speak to a doctor before taking bitter apricot kernels for this purpose.

Sweet apricot kernels, on the other hand, also contain amygdalin, but in such small quantities that there are no adverse effects.

Bitter and sweet apricot kernels do not differ in appearance, so when purchasing it is important to choose manufacturers with high quality standards to ensure that no bitter kernels end up in the package.

At PlantLife we ​​take special care to ensure that only sweet apricot kernels go into the bag. We carefully select our producers from Uzbekistan and can therefore ensure the best quality.

Why are sweet apricot kernels healthy?

Sweet apricot kernels contain considerable nutritional value and are a good source of minerals and vitamins, especially B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. They are also rich in healthy fats and omega acids. They are therefore ideal for a balanced, healthy diet.

A real insider tip for anyone who likes to make their own oil: oil for hair and facial care can be obtained from the apricot kernels. Due to its rich ingredients, apricot kernel oil produces great results in a daily care routine. The high vitamin E content has an anti-aging effect. The oil is also a real thirst quencher for the skin and provides strengthening moisture, has an anti-pimple effect and reduces pigment spots. Homemade apricot kernel oil provides real added value for body care.

How do our wild organic PlantLife apricot kernels taste?

Our sweet apricot kernels are characterized by a very fruity, but at the same time nutty taste. They are often used as an alternative to almonds and can of course be enjoyed raw.

If you're a Stollen and Dominoes fan during the Christmas season, you've probably eaten apricot kernels before. Namely in the form of sweet Persipan. Marzipan and Persipan not only sound alike, but are also similar in taste and appearance. Persipan is often used as an alternative to marzipan due to its strong taste.

How can I use apricot kernels?

The sweet apricot kernels can be used in many ways due to their unique taste. In the morning they are a delicious ingredient for your muesli and provide that crunchy experience. Those of you who like to experiment may have even made “milk” from the seeds the day before and enjoy their granola with the apricot drink. This drink is particularly suitable as an alternative for those with nut and almond allergies! To make the drink you only need the wild organic PlantLife apricot kernels, water, dates, a pinch of salt and the appropriate kitchen equipment.

The apricot kernels are also a varied ingredient in your lunch. Spread the kernels generously over your prepared meal and ensure a perfect crunchy experience with health benefits to boot. Give your salad or Buddha bowl a nutrient booster.

For those who like it sweet, there are numerous uses for apricot kernels. There are numerous recipes for delicious apricot kernel cookies on the World Wide Web. They can also be used in a variety of ways as an alternative to almonds in your favorite recipes. Baking professionals even turn the apricot kernels into Persipan and use them to create dominoes or other excellent Christmas cookies.

The seeds are also great as a snack between meals. Either you enjoy these raw or a little sprouted. For the latter variant, you simply have to soak the seeds in lukewarm water overnight and enjoy them the day after.

You can also surprise your friends with apricot kernel amaretto at your next party. The production of Amaretto is simple, but definitely makes for impressed faces. To do this, simply let the sweet apricot kernels steep in vodka, then stir in the sugar and the amaretto is ready.

As is often the case in life, pay attention to balance when consuming apricot kernels. Do not consume excessive amounts and listen to your body, as sweet apricot kernels also contain a small amount of amygdalin.

What makes PlantLife apricot kernels special?

Find out here briefly five good reasons to buy our wild organic PlantLife apricot kernels:

  1. Our wild organic PlantLife apricot kernels are 100% pure nature. We do not add any artificial additives. The kernels do not contain any unpleasant additives that are often found in industrially processed ones.
  2. We pay particular attention to ensuring that only sweet apricot kernels find their way into the bag. So you can enjoy the apricot kernels with a relaxed feeling.
  3. The kernels are of raw food quality and are ideal for a raw food diet.
  4. Nature conservation is very important to us, which is why our apricots ripen on wild trees in the mountains of Uzbekistan. We therefore contribute to natural biodiversity. In addition, our producers either only use the power of the sun or solar-powered drying devices for drying, which makes the process particularly energy-efficient.
  5. After the kernels arrive in Austria, they are laser cleaned and selected so that only the best kernels are packaged.

If you are now curious and would like to try wild organic PlantLife apricot kernels, you can buy them here in the best quality.

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25. October 2022