Oil of bitter almonds
oil of bitter almond
volatile oil from the dried ripe kernels of bitter almonds or from other kernels containing amygdalin, such as apricots, peaches, plums and cherries; obtained by steam distillation subsequent to maceration of the source with water. Formerly used as an antipruritic; poisonous-releases hydrocyanic acid (hydrogen cyanide). Only the oil free of hydrogen cyanide may be used to flavor liquors and foods.
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... all seeds of Prunoidae subfamily are called almonds. I thought that the almond was a seperate ... for machines. The less popular form is bitter one ( Amygdalus communis var. amara ). It's ... unedible however used in extraction of almond oil valuable for perfumery, pharmaceutical and food ...
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