An August 28 comment from Alexander Tessier that true bitter almond is difficult to come by, but that apricot kernels are often referred to as bitter almonds, spurred me to go buy a whole 3-kilo-bag of co-hein from the Chinese drugstore. I had planned to have a friend translate the product info printed in green on the packaging for me. But as chance would have it, Ching Tay’s available stock, this time, came in a different packaging. APRICOT KERNELS NORTH SKIN was boldly printed on the front of a green and white bag. The nuts were not bitter! They opened several North Skin bags but all were the same: not at all bitter! The proprietress confirmed that there was no Chinese character for ‘bitter’ indicated in the packaging.
They asked for my contact numbers and promised to call as soon as bitter stock arrives. Laetrile, though, is available at the Navarro Medical Clinic.