are Australian apricot kernels different from those imported
a start, though imported apricot kernels may be "raw",
this does not equate to living, unaltered or "100%
natural". This is explained further below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kernels Prohibited For Sale As Food
As we've been indicating would happen, Food
Standards Australia New Zealand has now banned 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, such as scrubs, soaps and
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 very much looking like a snack food or edible nut, such as an almond.
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, soaps 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.
selling apricot kernels in conjunction with information
about their use as an alternative treatment for cancer,
or implying such, are still 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.
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.
Australian Apricot Kernels
- the first online source of apricot kernels in Australia,
and processors of Australian-grown apricot kernels exclusively.
02/04/2016 - After 8 months of being out of stock, we can happily report that we're now back up and running. However, as you'll imagine, we are exceptionally busy fulfilling backorders and addressing the massive queue that has developed and we ask for your patience if you experience short delays in order fulfilment.
Thank you for being so patient all of these months. Keep an eye on this space for a brand new website and an exciting new range of products soon to follow.
being one of the largest producers of apricots in the world,
most of the apricot kernels available in Australia are
imported. For an Australian retailer, there is only one
reason to sell imported apricot kernels - 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
is our responsibility to make you aware that FSANZ has created legislation banning the sale of raw, bitter
apricot kernels from any source as food. 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.
retailers appear to be marketing apricot kernels as a snack food or nut.
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
Some people prefer to crack their own, whole apricot stones. The benefit of this is that the shell of the stone keeps the kernel very well preserved. There's no need to refrigerate the stones in this case. Using a hand-held nutcracker, one simply cracks the quantity they require while the rest of the kernels remain protected from oxidation and rancidity until ready to be used. The shell can then also be crushed and utilised where you're wanting a coarser abrasive for your soaps or scrubs. We have a 5 kilo minimum purchase for our apricot stones.
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