cyanogenic glucosides
Flower Color:
food, tablescraps, crops, gardens,trees

Geographical Distribution

Cherries distribution - United States


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The stones or pits from cherries contain cyanogenic glucosides---which converts into cyanide when eaten. Hydrogen cyanide is lethal at about 1.52 mg/kg, meaning it takes less than 0.002 grams (a dime weighs about one gram) of the toxin to kill a chicken. A single cherry yields roughly 0.17 grams of lethal cyanide per gram of seed, therefore, it would take ingesting just a small portion of one cherry pit to kill them.