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2020 Jan-Dec

Allergy Rhinol (Providence)


Case Report: Allergic Reactivity to Mahaleb () Spice in a Subject With Almond and Other Tree Nut Allergies.


Benoit L, Masiri J, Janagama H, Gendel SM, Samadpour M
Allergy Rhinol (Providence). 2020 Jan-Dec; 11:2152656720959083.
PMID: 33117599.


Mahaleb is an aromatic spice prepared from the fruit stone of the St. Lucie Cherry that is used as a flavoring agent in traditional Turkish and Middle Eastern baking. Immunodiagnostic kits for almond, which are based on polyclonal almond-specific IgG antibodies, have been shown to demonstrate considerable cross-reactivity with mahaleb as was incidentally discovered during a cluster of allergen-related food recalls in 2015.