Saturday, January 17, 2009

Almonds and Apricots

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.”

Love in the Time of Cholera: Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Did you know that almonds are just the 'stone' of a stone-fruit very closely related to apricots etc. Amazing. It's like finding out that eggs come from chickens! The original almond was lethal: it contained a large amounts of amygdalin- broken down by a gut enzyme into cyanide which buggers up the mitochondria.

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