Did You Know? Almonds and Peaches


I recently was asked if it was true that almonds and peaches are closely related.  I replied that they both grew on trees and that the interior seeds contained within the pit of a peach did indeed look like almonds.  Thinking this was the reason for the idea that they were related and sensing another urban myth, I did some investigation and  it turns out to be true.  Almonds, peaches, even apricots and plums are all members of the family Rosaceae.   Further they are all members of the genus Prunus and peaches and almonds belong to the “sub-genus” Amygdalus.  So closely related they are but should you eat the seeds of a peach?  I know people who claim they taste like almonds, which makes sense, but I think I will stick to almonds for now!

  How about you? Ever eaten a peach seed? Would you consider doing so and, (if you survive), posting a comment here telling us how closely the taste resembles an almond?

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1 Anna

You know Will you read my mind, I always thought there were some similarities too. Thanks for the good information as always. Anna :)


2 Tatiana

Thank you for the info from me too. And I love peaches and almonds, and also apricots and plums are among my favorites. And yes, I have tried eating peach seeds but they are very bitter, and the apricot once do taste better but are bitter too. So are some almonds however, and the bitterness comes from the poison in it. “Spit it out at once if you taste bitterness” my mother used to tell me and I always did 😉
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3 sandy

If you are allergic to ANY nut, then would you say a person would be allergic to peaches?


4 Will

Hi Sandy – I would not know for sure. Maybe if you eat the pit? Are people who are allergic to pecans, allergic to the flesh if they eat that? Interesting that they are so closely related, but we eat the flesh of the peach and the seed of the pecan.


5 captain J

I just ate a peach seed. Remember I had to break the outer shell of the seed to get to the part that looked like an almond. It tasted kind of like an almond a bit bitter. It was a ripe peach and the outer shell broke open easily. Now I wonder if Almonds are surrounded by fleshy fruit like a peach and what that fruit tastes like. This genus family I believe is related to Alma or Myrobalan a sacred fruit or plant, from ancient times before the known history of this eon


6 BeijaFlor

Captain J, I just got back from a week in Jamaica, and I got clobbered by an almond fruit when it fell out of the tree above me. It’s got a thin pericarp (the fleshy part around the nut), much thinner than that of a peach, and while I didn’t taste it, my friend who did said it was fairly bitter. And that was a fairly ripe one; the skin was yellow, unlike the green skins of the fruit that are still growing on the tree.
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7 rocky

i have eaten the seed of a peach and it does taste like a almond so


8 Bobby Terwilliger

I hope you enjoyed, I will stick with roasted almonds.


9 Dave

The seed from the middle of the inside of a peach pit tastes very similar to an almond… almost identical. I’ve done it a few times & I never even got sick.


10 frannie

I recently got peaches from our local farmers market. when i cut one in half the actual peach seed was nonexistent however a seed that looked like an almond was inside. my husband ate it and said it tasted exactly like an almond. go figure.


11 mark

Apparently the peach seed contains small amounts of cyanide (which is derived from wild almonds) and probably shouldn’t be eaten. Although it contains it in such small amounts it wouldn’t be that harmful presumably.


12 Julie

I planted 2 trees that were supposed to be almond trees and guess what… the fruit looks like and smells like peaches. I don’t know whether to eat them or not. I opened the seed up and the pit was bitter but did taste like an almond. I started doing some research and found out that the pit of a peach contains cyanide. I’m still alive but leery about eating the fruit or the pits.


13 Barry Solomon

A almond on the tree looks slot like me a peach but it stays very green, and maybe turns yellow right before it is ready. The the flesh splits open. Often they ooze a clear liquid. The flesh part is much thinner than most peaches and does not taste good. Peach seeds are usually more flat than almond seeds as and softer.


14 Gary

Hi, guys,

The relatedness of the almond with peaches, and particularly apricots, can be reinforced by tasting the wonderful Italian cookies, “Amaretti di Sarrona.” Many people, including myself, have assumed that these slightly bitter egg-white/sugar morsels are almond flavored. Inspection of the “ingredienti” on the container revealed that they are flavored with apricot pits; no almonds involved.

Also, I have read that there are two types of almonds: sweet and bitter. And, yes, there is a trivial amount of cyanide in these seeds … all of them, I should think, but not enough to harm us unless we eat a bushel or so.

Apricot pits were the source of “Laetrile,” a “cancer cure” that many Americans traveled to Mexico (Mexican “laetrile” is usually “amygdalin”) in the ’60s to obtain at high cost. Since it was not approved by the FDA, insurance companies did not reimburse for the treatments, which most medical professionals considered worthless, apart from their placebo value. The purported effect of the drug was that its cyanide poisoned cancer cells.

The odor of cyanide gas (HCN), is that of “bitter almond.”


15 Betsey

I always hesitated to try a peach pit because I was once told that certain fruit pits contain a form of or source of cyanide. But I noticed how much the almond and peach look alike – I live in a WET area where vast numbers of peaches are farmed. I got CURIOUS about the Almond because I am studying neurology and learned that amygdala means almond – the amygdala decides if something is to be feared or have anxiety over – so…..my comment is – if the amygdala decides there is no threat – everything is “peachy” – LOL!


16 mark zellers

I wonder if through cross breading or gene splicing you could create a tree that gave you peach flesh with almond seeds and have a single tree that isntwice as productive,


17 Janet wiseman

I tasted peach seeds when I was a kid. I thought that I had discovered where almonds came from. They taste just like almonds. When I told my dad, he told me they very poisonous.


18 jessica

I am allergic to both almonds and peaches. So this makes sense. My throat itches and swells and I sound like Kermit for awhile.


19 Kerri

As a nurse, I know individuals who cannot eat peaches or other stone-fruits, almonds and even apples. It can be a life-threatening allergy that causes laryngospasm and resulting respiratory distress.


20 April

I just found the almond looking seeds while cleaning peach pits and came across this site looking for answers. After reading these responses I felt comfortable enough to eat one and not die of cyanide but man was it bitter and gross tasting. I would recommend sticking with regular almonds. Left a nasty taste in my mouth.


21 Mindy lou

My grown daughter has recently become allergic to almonds. Not thinking, she ate part of a nectarine I was having and in 10 minutes she started having an itchy mouth and trouble swallowing. Good thing she only had a few bites. Thank you for your information here. I would have never guessed they were related. Excellent info.


22 Nancy

Eat those seeds! Including apples. Cures cancer, that’s why it’s advertised they have poison. Enough to kill a cancer cell but not enough to kill us.


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