What are first grade or premium
grade apricot kernels?
That depends entirely on where you're
purchasing your apricot kernels. Anyone can call their product
"premium", regardless of its quality or country
of origin. Two apricot kernels vastly different from one another
can't both be of the same standard. The kernels being sold
elsewhere as "premium" don't stand up to our benchmark,
but judge for yourself.
The other products being sold as "premium" contain
kernels you will only find within our seconds
grade (not presently available).
or first grade apricot kernels are hand-sorted to the highest
standard possible. Inferior grades are removed by hand,
leaving only the best of each batch. They must be free of
blemished and substandard seed, shell and other foreign
contaminants, such as mould. These things can be found in
the other "premium" kernels available, which,
of course, means they are not truly premium or first grade.
dried and sorted seed should be intact with a slightly wrinkled
appearance. Apricot kernels that have been dried too quickly
or removed from their shell too early are often smooth-looking
with a powdery-looking skin. They break very easily and
their protective skin flakes away. Apricot kernels should
be dried naturally, within the protection of their shells.
Kernels dried too quickly are depleted of their nutrients,
and those cracked prematurely are subject to oxidation,
which ultimately results in a reduction in the nutritive
spectrum, early rancidity and a shortened lifespan.