Adam's apple

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Apr 6 08:27:23 CDT 2000

Apple seeds have a flavor somewhat like almonds and are actually quite
tasty.  The problem is that they contain a cyanogenetic glycoside
(amygdalin) that yields HCN upon hydrolysis.  There is a record of a man
who died of HCN poisoning by eating about a cup of dried apple seeds (see
Kingsbury's "Poisonous Plants of the United States and Canada" for this

Try it, you'll like it; Mikey did!


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