1 January 2009 15,247 views 11 Comments
Ingredient Name: Sweet-bitter Apricot Kernals (also known as bitter almonds or apricot almonds)
Traditional Chinese Name: 南北杏 (nán běi xìng)
This ingredient is also a must have in your soup pantry. It’s used in a variety of soups that help relieve heatiness and are good for coughs. You can also use this in a few sweet soups, so it makes the apricot kernal a versitile seed indeed!
What is this?
The apricot kernal is literally the seed kernal of the apricot fruit
They can be very strong tasting and bitter
The Chinese name reflects the tastes of the apricot kernal: Sweet (南) -bitter (北) Apricot Kernals (杏)
They are durable goods and can be stored in the fridge or freezer for at least 12-18 months
How do I prepare it?
Wash before usage
Where can I buy this?
In Asian supermarkets, you can purchase them prepackaged
You can also purchase them from Chinese speciality stores (pharmacies) in bulk by weight
What is the cost?
Apricot kernals packages cost around $2.00 – $3.00 CAD / 8 oz package
Apricot kernals are known to target and benefit the lungs
They are best used as a cough remedy
Excess consumption may produce symptoms of cyanide poisoning such as nausea, fever, rash, headaches, insomnia, thirst, weakness, lethargy and various aches in pains