bitter almond

Gene Newcomb newcombg at
Fri Sep 1 09:38:31 EST 2000

In addition Hortus Third says that the sweet almond has 'leaves widest toward the
base'; bitter almond...'leaves widest about the middle'. Also says bitter almond
is 'Often used as an understock for sweet almond'.


- oo wrote:

> At the risk of being obvious: if the kernel is sweet it's a sweet
> almond and if it's bitter, well, you get the idea...
> Bitter and sweet almonds are the same species. I believe bitterness is
> controled by a single gene.
> It doesn't take much of a taste to let you know. A bitter almond is
> bitter indeed. Of course, you don't want to eat bitter almonds,
> whatever your tolerance for bitterness, but a tiny taste won't hurt.
> On Wed, 30 Aug 2000 14:35:29 -0600, "Kellys news"
> <aj7x at> wrote:
> |Does anyone know how to tell the difference between bitter almonds and sweet
> |almonds.  I found several trees recently where I live, and not sure which
> |variety they are.  Any links or info would be appreciated.
> |
> |Kelly
> |

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