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I think I poisoned dd!

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Jux Sun 30-Sep-12 14:27:35

Not too badly mind, she got a tummy ache.

Nectarines. The stone fell apart and inside was an almond-like nut. Curious, we ate half each. Definitely tasted of almonds, but had a very unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Our tongues went a bit tingly and numb.

Some hours later dd had horrid stomach cramps.

I had meanwhile looked up nectarine pits and discovered that they contain cyanide, which is released by some complicated chemical process or by being exposed to air, depending on what site you're reading.

Anyway, don't eat them if you find them, do tell your kids not to eat them - especially small children as apparently it could only take a few to kill a small child (dd is 13). This goes for peaches, apricots etc.

DD's fine today, btw, and is having a lovely time telling everyone that her mum poisoned her grin

AngryFeet Sun 30-Sep-12 14:34:35

Some people believe that stuff cures cancer hmm

AngryFeet Sun 30-Sep-12 14:35:23

Apricot kernels I think they are called not sure if the same works for nectarines grin

Trills Sun 30-Sep-12 14:36:14

If you eat apple seeds then a tree will grow out of your ear.

Trills Sun 30-Sep-12 14:38:36

Amaretto is made from apricot kernels.

For some reason I knew that peach stones are poisonous, not sure how I knew though.

Jux Sun 30-Sep-12 14:39:52

OK, so it's bollocks and the tummy pain was coincidence. I did wonder, and I knew I'd get sensible answers on MN!

Japple Sun 30-Sep-12 14:54:45

...Dear AngryFt...The saying is, "An Almond a Day keeps Cancer Away".

Trills Sun 30-Sep-12 16:25:14

I don't think it is bollocks - Snopes is fairly reliable for urban myths.

Peach and apricot pits contain amygdalin (a compound that breaks down into cyanide when metabolized), but since they are large and hard very few people deliberately chew them!

Jux Sun 30-Sep-12 17:22:49

Thanks, Trills. It was a small nut-like thing inside the actual stone.

Nice to know though that you'd have to eat a fair few anyway, especially as they taste pretty vile so you're unlikely to want another after the first.

VikingVagine Mon 01-Oct-12 14:21:59

I think most fruit stones contain trace amounts of cyanide, but you'd have to eat a whole bucketful of apple pips to get any form of poisoning (it's that slight almond taste you get when you bite into one).

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