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Apricot Kernels

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First Grade
Apricot Kernels - shells removed 1kg

$30.00

Apricot Kernels - shells removed 2kg

$27.50/kg

Apricot Kernels - shells removed

3kg


$25.00/kg

Apricot Kernels - shells removed

5kg


$22.50/kg

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 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 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 very much looking like a snack food or edible nut, such as an almond.

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, 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.

Those 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.

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.

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Australian Apricot Kernels

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

UPDATE: 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.

Despite 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.

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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 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.

Some 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 reactions.


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Apricot Kernels - shells removed x 1

1 kg
Raw Apricot Kernels

$30.00 +
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Apricot Kernels - shells removed x 2

2 kg
Raw Apricot Kernels

($27.50/kg)
$55.00 +

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Apricot Kernels - shells removed x 3 3 kg
Raw Apricot Kernels

($25.00/kg)
$75.00 +
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Apricot Kernels - shells removed x 5 5 kg
Raw Apricot Kernels
($22.50/kg)
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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.


Apricot Kernels - shells removed   5 kg
Uncracked
Stones
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$50.00 +
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