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forgetmenot
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Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
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Posted - Aug 26 2009 :  9:06:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know why our moms and grandmoms placed one peach pit in the bottom of the jar when canning peaches? Does it have to do with taste? keeping color? an accident? Just curious.

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1badmamawolf
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Teresa
"Bent Fence Farms" Ca
USA
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Posted - Aug 26 2009 :  9:37:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Never heard of that, especially since they are poisenous.

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levisgrammy
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Denise
NJ
USA
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Posted - Aug 27 2009 :  6:08:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Only the seed has cyanide but as long as it is enclosed in the pit it won't hurt anything. I think it was just for the fun of it. I remember that being done.

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gramax18
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Elinor
meeker Colorado
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Posted - Aug 27 2009 :  9:50:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My mother-in-law did that to keep the color.

Elinor
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Prairie Princess
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Jodi
California
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Posted - Aug 27 2009 :  9:53:10 PM  Show Profile  Send Prairie Princess an AOL message  Send Prairie Princess a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
My grandmother always put a peach pit in each jar when she'd can them, too..... good question! I guess I'm lucky I never died, though...we used to crack open the pit and eat the seed! LOL

~Jodi

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5 acre Farmgirl
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Terri

USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2009 :  07:36:02 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My mother always did, and so do I(I am 53), she said it helps keep the flavor and the color, and who knows maybe a little secret that has died with our Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmothers...LOL!

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AuntPammy
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Pamila
williamstown wv
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Posted - Aug 29 2009 :  07:42:34 AM  Show Profile  Click to see AuntPammy's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
I remember my mom doing that too.I don't know why though.

When I read on here that they are poisonous I just about died...as my oldest son loves to suck on the pit until there is no more flavor!!!Whew, glad it is the seed I will have to tell him about this.

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asnedecor
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Anne
Portland Or
USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2009 :  09:30:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was curious about the pit - could not find why you put it in, but many recipes on line say to and they say to crack the pit. So then I was curious about the seed being poisonous and here is what I found -

And it turns out that peach seeds actually contain Cyanide, in the form of Amygdalin.

Is that a problem? Well, theoretically yes, but not really.

The amounts aren’t very big, with “One hundred grams of moist peach seed contains 88 mg of cyanide, while an equivalent amount of apricot seed holds 217 mg.”

A single peach fruit of course doesn’t have nearly as much as a hundred grams of seed. But how dangerous is that amount, as a high level reference?

If they’re not talking about pure cyanide, but about the Amygdalin, not at all. The thing is used in anti-cancer medications (doesn’t work, BTW) in higher amounts, and studies found no side-effects in taking 500mg three times a day. Which would be about 1.7Kg of just the peach’s seeds per day. Not realistic.

If they’re talking about the pure cyanide extracted from it, that’s more dangerous. But still not that big a deal. Research shows 10.8mg per Kg of body weight per day is NOAEL (i.e. known to be safe). So for a petite person weighing 50Kg this would be about 610g of peach seeds, per day. And that’s before any adverse effects of long-time usage appear, and still very far from chocking and instant death.

People rarely eat a peach seed by mistake, usually the pit/stone is too tough to open and expose the seeds. And it’s too large to be swallowed whole by a person. So a seed will only be eaten when the stone is cracked, and one accidentally slips out, and accidentally swallowed.

Compared with the massive amount of seeds a person will have to eat to get to the critical level, I’d say it’s not that big a concern. Heck, eating 600g of whole peaches a day would be a hard task. So that amount of just the seeds? The boredom and frustration, not to mention the horrible taste, will kill a person first.

Anne in Portland, OR

"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them" Eyeore from Winnie the Pooh

Edited by - asnedecor on Aug 29 2009 09:31:18 AM
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1badmamawolf
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Teresa
"Bent Fence Farms" Ca
USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2009 :  09:40:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anne, thanks for the science behind the peach pit, but, I would not take the chance anyway, with my luck, I would be one of those who would get sick anyway, lol.

"Treat the earth well, it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children"
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forgetmenot
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Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2009 :  09:58:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much for the lessons and ideas. Anyway, it looks pretty neat in the jar.:)

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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vintagediva1
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Michele
Brighton Michigan
USA
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Posted - Aug 29 2009 :  2:31:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just read the reason in Stocking Up .The peach pit helps the peaches retain their color
Michele

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Prairie Princess
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Jodi
California
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Posted - Aug 30 2009 :  4:42:00 PM  Show Profile  Send Prairie Princess an AOL message  Send Prairie Princess a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
That would be why we never died, Anne.... LOL

~Jodi

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forgetmenot
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Judith
Nora Springs IA
USA
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Posted - Aug 30 2009 :  5:09:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, now I feel better Maybe that's why Mom & grandma's looked so pretty, and mine were a funny dark color. (no pit in mine)

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the belief that something is more important than fear." Ambrose Red Moon
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Rivergirl_2007
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Shirley
Karnak IL
USA
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Posted - Aug 30 2009 :  8:38:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! I never quit learning. I have never heard of putting the pit in, but will make a note in my book to do that next year. Too late this year. I really hate it when I go to great pains to use citric to keep them from turning brown and then a few months after canning, they seem to turn anyway.
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