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Re: Crab apple and just plain apple

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Posted by Ray Basso on February 16, 2015 at 05:38:23:

In Reply to: Crab apple and just plain apple posted by barbqr on February 15, 2015 at 16:49:35:

Everything I have ever read about using crab apple wood for smoking says that it is fine to use. I did some poking around because you asked this question and found a new and interesting fact about apple seeds.


Crabapples are essentially the same species as apple trees. The seeds of both of these trees contain a form of cyanide called cyanogenic glycosides. Cyanide is a toxic, potentially fatal poison. However, the average American eats around 16.9 pounds of fresh apples every year and reports no toxic effects. Despite the presence of cyanide in the seeds, most people don't eat the core. Even when apple seeds are ingested, they usually pass through the gut without being broken down. You would have to eat lots of crabapple seeds and grind or chew them up for the cyanide to take effect."

So don't eat the seeds.

Ray Basso

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