Question Old timers use to put a pit in the jar when they canned peaches. What is the purpose and are pits poisonous ?
Answer Hi Patricia,
Thanx for your question. I'm not a canning expert. I've only been canning about 7 years but everything I have been taught indicates that one tosses out the pit. I have heard that canners in the past, included a pit, because they believed it maintained color and taste. I have found no data to indicate that this is true. All current instructions call for discarding the pit.
The pit contains a compound called amygdalin. It is poisonous but one would have to chew throught the hard pit and chew up the seed for it to be dangerous.
I have been growing plants from seeds for at least 20 years. I have grown literally hundreds of different kinds of vegetables, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, tropicals, some cacti, water plants, iris, rose, lilies, cannas, etc. I enjoy starting from seed.
I've been growing my own seeds for 20 years with indoor propagation equipment I built myself. I am also an Allexperts volunteer on the perennial forum. I have completed the Master Gardener course through the Kansas State University Extension. I have experience with a wide variety of seeds and I have also read through Norm Deno's books on seed germination.