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seed and pit edibility: please dispel myths from my childhood...

silence9 | Sep 29, 200604:13 PM     64

Hiya... I will sheepishly admit that I do not know if it is OK/safe to consume the seeds and pits of common fruit. Sometimes I just want to eat the entire apple, orange, grape, pomegranite, etc., seeds and all. I'm stuck with a childhood-derived fear of eating seeds and pits, purported at the time to be 'deadly'. Can anyone chime in and dispel my ignorance? Is there anything in the seeds of oranges, apples, etc, that should not be consumed regularly? Perhaps I vaguely recall someone telling me that the almond-like interior 'nut' within the hard outer pit of stone fruit (like peaches and nectarines) was poisonous. But then again, I equally remember a story about such inner seeds being cure-alls for certain diseases ( I've heard, for instance, that a tea brewed from fresh cherry seeds and stems is good for the kidneys)... I'm sure I can find this info via google, but what I was looking for was some anecdotal evidence from people who regularly consume the seeds, stems and 'inner' pits of fruit, with no long-term negative consequences. Thanks in advance!

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