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What are bitter almonds?


Question: What are bitter almonds?
Bitter almonds can be lethal.

What are bitter almonds? Are they the same as regular almonds?

The bitter almond is a cousin to the sweet almond and contains traces of lethal prussic acid in its raw state. Although the toxicity is destroyed by heat, the sale of unrefined bitter almonds is prohibited in the United States. Fifty unprocessed bitter almonds can be lethal to a human. Yet, bitter almonds are successfully processed to make almond extract and almond-flavored liqueurs.

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