Apple, Cherry, Almond, Peach, Plum, Apricot

Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: Seeds

Scale: Low

Aprox. 1 cup full of seeds required to contain enough cyanogenic glycoside to be harmful, lethal.



Common Name(s)



Latin Name

Malus domestica




The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree.

The tree is small and deciduous, reaching 3 to 12 metres (9.8 to 39 ft) tall, with a broad, often densely twiggy crown

The flowers are white with a pink tinge that gradually fades, five petaled, and 2.5 to 3.5 centimetres (0.98 to 1.4 in) in diameter. The fruit matures in autumn, and is typically 5 to 9 centimetres (2.0 to 3.5 in) diameter. The center of the fruit contains five carpels arranged in a five-point star, each carpel containing one to three seeds.


Seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides; in most species, the amount found in a single fruit won't kill a person; but it is possible to ingest enough seeds to provide a fatal dose.



Weakness, confusion, bizarre behavior, excessive sleepiness, coma, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, and seizures can all present with cyanide poisoning. Typically, an acute ingestion will have a dramatic, rapid onset, immediately affecting the heart and causing sudden collapse. It can also immediately affect the brain and cause a seizure or coma.


Growing Season

The fruit matures in autumn.


Apples can be sold in most supermarkets and convenience stores. Additionally; can found on their trees in orchards.