Apple Seeds and Arsenic
Name: Don T.
Do apple seeds have arsenic in them? Is it dangerous to
process apples with the seeds still in the fruit?
The good news: apple seeds do not contain arsenic. The bad news: apple
seeds DO contain cyanide. As for processing the apples, what kind of
processing are you interested in? Grinding apples and pressing them for
cider doesn't release enough cyanide to be a problem; neither does cooking
apples and straining them to make a sauce. About the only way you can
actually ruin into a problem with the toxicity of apple seeds is if you save
the seeds from about a bushel of apples and eat them all at once.
Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
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Update: June 2012