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How are Australian apricot kernels different from those imported from overseas?

For a start, though imported apricot kernels may be "raw", this does not equate to living, unaltered or "100% natural". This is explained further below.

The varieties of apricot grown in Australia are different to those grown overseas. Each variety of apricot produces kernels with vastly different characteristics, which includes, size, shape, amygdalin content and flavour.

Additionally, the growing standards and processing methods are also very different. The processing methods most often employed in large-scale operations ultimately destroy the viability of the seed. The embryo, found at the very tip of the kernel, is the most delicate portion of the seed. The embryo determines a seed's health and viability.

Once the embryo is no longer viable, the seed enters a state of decomposition, nutrient deterioration and eventual rancidity. This is true of all nuts and seeds. The imported apricot kernels being sold have obvious characteristics that identify them as deteriorating seed.

If you wet the kernels and allow them to sit, you will notice the strong scent of marzipan. This indicates that a portion of the inherent amygdalin has already broken down. The scent of marzipan is due to the liberation of benzaldehyde.

Perhaps the best indicator of a seed's health (or lack of) is its inability to sprout or grow. Stored properly, a seed can remain healthy and viable for as long as 4 years, or longer. Its shelf-life is optimal and its susceptibility to rancidity is greatly reduced. A kernel that is released from its shell and exposed to open oxygen deteriorates through oxidation. There is no telling when an imported nut or seed was cracked or how long it has been oxidising. Despite this, its shelf-life is likely indicated from the time it was packed. This is wrong.

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Apricot Kernels Likely To Be Prohibited For Sale As Food

Food Standards Australia New Zealand is proposing to ban the sale of apricot kernels as food. Raw apricot kernels will only be available for cosmetic applications, as legitimately used in the manufacture of skin care products, soaps and oils.

There are Australian retailers presently selling apricot kernels with the suggestion they are to be used as an ingredient in food, such as dukkah?, or a therapeutic product in the treatment of cancer. There are literally hundreds (potentially thousands) of bags of raw apricot kernels on the shelves of shops across the country being marketed as a snack food.

We have done our best to be compliant with the wishes of the regulatory bodies in an effort to keep our product available for those using them knowledgeably and responsibly. Our product will continue to be labeled as, 'Raw Apricot Kernels, for the preparation of body scrubs and oils'. Though not being marketed as food, the label will continue to include a warning to ensure that users are aware of the risks associated with the consumption of raw apricot seeds.

Those selling apricot kernels in conjunction with information about their use as an alternative treatment for cancer, or implying such, are in breach of present regulations - codes for both food and therapeutic goods. The ACCC has taken action in similar circumstances in the past and future actions are likely against these individuals.

Retailers engaged in the defiant sale of apricot kernels alongside cancer DVDs, books or other material (including websites that appear to be independant) for their marketing benefit, have put the future of apricot kernels at risk for everyone. You have them to thank for these new regulatory measures that will ultimately impact on your present liberties.

Those who feel it should be their right to access apricot kernels and other natural substances in a responsible and informed manner should contact Food Standards Australia New Zealand with their opinions. FSANZ will be accepting submissions until February 10th 2015. Raw apricot kernels should not be confused with other snack-safe tree nuts, but that is not to say they can't be used safely as a dietary supplement in realistic and safe quantities. New research must be undertaken to better understand the potential role for apricot kernels, and similar substances, in an holistic approach to wellbeing. Your submissions will assist FSANZ to understand the practises of those using apricot kernels safely on a regular basis. Of particular interest, we imagine, would be those who have been using apricot kernels long-term with apparent benefit.


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Australian Apricot Kernels

Welcome to - the first online source of apricot kernels in Australia, and processors of Australian-grown apricot kernels exclusively.

Please Note: We are presently out of stock. Though we had hoped new stock would be available by the end of January, 2016, it is now clear that the stock won't be ready until then end of February at the earliest. The kernels will be fresh from this current harvest. We will not be taking any pre-orders. We don't have an exact date, as we're at the mercy of a number of factors outside of our control. Please keep an eye on this website for updates. Thank you.

Despite being one of the largest producers of apricots in the world, most of the apricot kernels now available in Australia are imported. For an Australian retailer, there is only one reason to import apricot kernels from overseas - they're very cheap - however, they're also mass-produced and low grade. Imported apricot kernels, "organic" or otherwise, are subject to all AQIS quarantine measures, such as chemical treatment or irradiation. Pay attention to the origin of your apricot kernels. It is against Australian law not to advise the country of origin for one's product. Regardless of where you purchase apricot kernels, look for a country of origin. If you can't find one, chances are likely they're hoping you'll assume the product is Australian.

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Our product has always been the most sought after apricot kernel in Australia. Though we endeavour to send all orders out the day they're received, your purchase is fulfilled with apricot kernels we've hand-sorted the same day. There may be occasions we simply haven't been able to keep up with orders. In this scenario, your order will be posted the day following purchase. This should still get your kernels to you within a few days of purchasing.

If you've found apricot kernels at a lower price, they will be an inferior product of India, Turkey, Pakistan or China. We're committed to offering the highest quality product available, but we'll also do our best to keep our prices competitive.

How do we differ from these others? We're not selling someone else's product at a price suggestive of quality measures that simply have not taken place. We process our own seed, which is exclusively Australian. We're a small-scale, family operation dedicated to the quality of our product and our service.
Our processes are entirely chemical-free. We don't even fumigate, so the seed remains free of chemical residues. They are raw, living and 100% natural, which makes them suited to sprouting and propagation. This is only possible with fresh, living seed. If you choose to purchase our product, you're buying directly from the source. Your order is freshly cracked this week, hand-sorted to the highest standard and packed fresh daily.

Please Note: Our apricot kernels contain too much amygdalin to be sold as "food". Amygdalin, often referred to as "B17" or "vitamin B17", is present in different concentrations amongst different apricot kernels. An apricot kernel of one variety does not equal an apricot kernel of another. The apricot kernels sold in Australia have very different levels of amygdalin. Some have relatively low levels, where ours are very concentrated. Freshness plays a significant role, as does variety and origin. A number of these kernels are imported from other countries, such as India, Turkey, Pakistan and China. Our apricot kernels are Australian-grown with a new batch cracked weekly. As a result, our product is very fresh. This is significant and should be taken into consideration.

It is our responsibility to make you aware that FSANZ and the DOH advise against the consumption of raw, bitter apricot kernels from any source. If you're choosing to use them in this way, please bear in mind that not all apricot kernels are equal. Following general consumption advice may result in very different experiences.

Some retailers are marketing apricot kernels as a snack food. We strongly advise against treating them as such. Though the other apricot kernels contain relatively little amygdalin, treating them as a snack is likely to result in unpleasant reactions.

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