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Old 04-30-2014, 05:17 PM   #11
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Most of the cyanide compounds are bound to the seed - they aren't HCN, they are complex cyanides, which are likely safe to be ingested - however, adding energy and hydrolysis can activate these, cleaving off HCN.

For instance, a friend of mine while in the Israeli army, isolated pure HCN from peach pits as a 'project'. About 1 cup of pits is enough to kill someone, but again, to actually reach a lethal dose you would need to crush the pits, boil the pits, and/or add acid (or base) and boil.

Then drink up... So no, its not a real worry, but stranger things have happened.

And yeah I'm a chemist / plant biologist.

Unreliable source tells me 9 people have died from stone fruit pits in the past half century.

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Old 05-07-2014, 07:46 PM   #12
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Who's putting peach pits in the mead anyways? That's just wasted volume.

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