Nutritionally, apricot seeds are similar to other nuts — they’re rich in healthy fats and provide some fiber and iron. Seeds or kernels of the apricot grown in central Asia and around the Mediterranean are so sweet that they’re sometimes substituted for almonds. The Italian liqueur amaretto, and amaretti biscotti, is flavored with extract of apricot seeds as well as almonds; plus, oil pressed from the seeds have also been used as cooking oil.
Sweet apricot seeds are sometimes sold as snacks or for baking, and they contain very little or no amygdalin, a controversial component in the kernel. People eat apricot seeds as a snack, very much like nutrition-rich almonds. Bitter apricot seeds, on the other hand, definitely contain higher amounts of amygdalin than those grown in the US, which can be toxic in high amounts.
While there is controversy about the apricot kernel’s ability to fight cancer, there are other known benefits in consuming them, for example, it has been established in scientific studies that they can boost one’s immunity, in traditional Chinese medicine they have been used to help treat pains related to arthritis. They are also known to help reduce high-blood pressure.
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When talking about food with bold flavors the cuisines of Africa, India, and Latin America really stand out. From their curries to their salsas, and harissa, if there is one ingredient that we can really point to that really put their food on the world map it is the humble chile pepper.
A chipotle Morita chili is a dried ripe chili pepper used for seasoning. It is a chili which is used in Mexico and southwestern in many dishes. Morita chili names come from the word chipotle which means smoked chili. A chipotle Morita chili heat is similar to another chili-like, Tabasco Hungarian wax guajillo.