Dried Bitter Apricot KernelsBitter apricot kernels have been used in ancient Asian medicine for centuries. These kernels were prized by the legendary Hunza people who were known for their health and longevity. The bitter taste is due to a compound in the kernels known as amygdalin or Vitamin B17. Organic Traditions bitter apricot kernels are manually harvested and sun-dried. The kernels can be chewed or ground and sprinkled onto food or added to a juice or smoothie.