With certain fruits, not all parts are safe to eat

For individuals interested in buying cherry stems, it is best to buy from a pharmacy. If you collect the stems yourself, there is a risk that moulds or fungi have grown on stems that have not completely dried out. – dpa

 

Avocado pits are also known for containing persin, a fungicidal toxin, and according to the German Institute for Risk Assessment, whether it is harmless to humans has not been adequately evaluated.

 

Yet apricot kernels, cherry pits and even bitter almonds contain substances that, during digestion, mix to create cyanide. In high doses this causes severe poisoning, including cramps and vomiting.

 

Not all seeds or plant parts are suitable for smoothies, despite the many recipes circulating online that call for ground-up fruit pits or cherry stems.

 

Not all seeds or plant parts are suitable for smoothies, despite the many recipes circulating online that call for ground-up fruit pits or cherry stems. Photo: dpa/Andrea Warnecke