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Sep 30, 2008 09:10 AM

where to find bitter almonds?

I'm looking at a recipe that calls for them. Note, not the extract, but the actual bitter almonds. Despite all my culinary explorations, I don't remember ever seeing these for sale.

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  1. Bitter almonds are not commercially available in the US due to toxicity issues (google it and make up your own mind about the danger)

    The inner meat of the peach or apricot pit is said to be an acceptable substitute, again w/ the same chemical caveat. From a plant perspective, almonds and stonefruit are close relatives.