Using peach pits & peelings? Anyone?
Posted 17 August 2008 - 12:33 AM
I thought I remember someone telling me once that you could toss everything in a pot, add water and simmer....and make jam or jelly from the leavings. Or was that apple cores/ peelings?
I ask because my brain is befuddled in this 100 degree heat we've had now for 3 days.
I am at the end of a box of peaches now...and even the words on the BBB look funny to me.
I think I need a there are peach parts and leavings EVERYWHERE...
Tomorrow - dill & sweet pickles. Looks like I'm getting up early!
Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:12 AM
Q: Are peach pits poisonous?
A: All parts of the peach except the fruit pulp and skin are toxic. These parts contain cyanide-producing substances. Symptoms - difficulty in breathing, coma; may be fatal.
Someone should remove that peach pit recipe from this forum.
Posted 17 August 2008 - 11:08 AM
I made Peach Pit Jelly last year, from a recipe I found at the Colorado State University. They do caution not to use cracked or broken peach pits.
Posted 17 August 2008 - 04:19 PM
Peelings were composted. I didn't know they were toxic too. But it didn't seem to hurt us. Or if it did, we didn't notice.
Posted 17 August 2008 - 05:22 PM
I know, it is HOT here !!!
I am busy cooking for company tomorrow. At least I have a/c.
If I had not been so busy I would have told you to bring your things over and can here where it is cool enough.
Posted 17 August 2008 - 06:26 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone. I too, remember hearing about the peach pit thread but missed it. Thanks for re-posting.
I am just now getting started with the canning and it is about 2:30 pm. My DH promised some friends that he and I would show up and help them move for a short while....after a shower and drinking a gallon of water, I'm off to do yet ANOTHER BOX of peaches. Maybe I might just get the dill pickles started today. Who knows.
My DH is telling me now that APPLE SEEDS are also full of cyanide. Is this true????
Posted 17 August 2008 - 07:44 PM
Yes, Apple Seeds and Cherry Pits are Poisonous
Wednesday September 12, 2007
In fact, if you eat enough apple seeds or cherry pits, you could die. Apple seeds contain cyanogenic acids. Cherry pits, and seeds from related fruits, including peaches, plums, almonds, pears, and apricots, contain cyanogenic glycosides. Your body can detoxify small quantities of cyanide compounds. If you accidentally eat a cherry pit in a pie or swallow an apple seed or two, you'll be fine. Actually, if you swallow several seeds whole, you would absorb a minimal amount of the toxic compounds. Chewing the seeds makes them much more hazardous to your health. Children and pets are much more likely to suffer poisoning from eating the seeds than adults.
Symptoms of mild poisoning include headache, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, and vomiting. Larger doses can lead to difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and kidney failure. Reactions can include coma, convulsions, and death from respiratory arrest. There are several treatment options, but the main thing is to limit the absorption of the chemicals from the seeds. Basically, this means it's important to seek immediate medical attention if a child or pet is known to have eaten several seeds. Usually, the plan of action is to pump the stomach or induce vomiting. Antidotes are available, but they are somewhat controversial. If you or someone you know eats a seed or two, don't worry... as I said, your body is well-equipped to detoxify small quantities of cyanide compounds. They naturally occur in several foods. However, if you were wondering whether or not it's true that the seeds and pits are toxic and potentially lethal... yes, apple seeds and cherry pits are poisonous.
Posted 18 August 2008 - 01:53 AM
...and nice bedwarmers from the peach pits...I mentioned in another thread somewhere, but in case you didn't see it...
...in the old days, bedwarmers were made of cherry pits in a cloth sack, and warmed by the fire or near the woodstove. Before going to bed, the hot sacks were slipped between the sheets drive off the cold winter chill. Instead of being warmed near a fire, a newfangled bedwarmer probably would get a quick run in the microwave!
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Posted 15 September 2009 - 11:11 PM
Guess if I were going to do it nowdays I would just use the peels.
The website to the Colorado state info is now gone. At least I sure can't seem to get it to come up.
Posted 16 September 2009 - 02:08 AM
(Another nice recipe is rose petals, sugar, and raspberries in tequila.)
Posted 16 September 2009 - 07:32 AM
Are peach pits related to the bitter almond pit from which Laetrile (sometimes called B17) is derived? That product is a controversial cancer treatment.
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