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What should I do if I swallowed a cherry pit--by accident?

Asked by food (792points) June 2nd, 2012

I´m not sure if I swallowed a cherry pit. However, I was contentedly chewing on a dessert, and when I reached the next cherry I remembered that I hadn´t found a pit in the previous one…. ALL of the other cherries I have eaten had pits!! Help…

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Ponderer983's avatar

Oh my god you are going to start growing cherries in your stomach!!! Tons of them! Then you will have no space for food and not be able to eat and DIE!

Joking…you’ll poop it out in a day or 2 – no biggie

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Philosophile's avatar

Yeah, you’ll be fine. It should pass. Keep an, er, eye out for it if you’re particularly worried.

bookish1's avatar

You should be fine; it’s a cherry pit, not a mango pit :-p

However, watch out for this…

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jca's avatar

Please. I swallow cherry pits all the time. I don’t spit them out. I just swallow them, many of them if I eat many cherries. No biggie.

JLeslie's avatar

Don’t worry.

Coloma's avatar

You should be fine, but, just for shock value…I JUST saw a picture today of a guy that inhaled a Spruce tree seed and it grew a 5 inch Spruce tree in his lung. True! They had to remove part of his lung. Gah!

JLeslie's avatar

@Coloma I don’t believe it. Every time I swallowed a pit my mom would say now a tree will grow in my stomach, of course it wasn’t true. Somach is different than lung of course, but I still don’t believe it. When the tree was one each big it would have caused constant coughing, he would have been xrayed.

Coloma's avatar

@JLeslie I can’t remember where I saw this, but it was in a medical site and they had a photo explaining that the seed didn’t require light to germinate and the guy was complaining of chest pain and was coughing up bloody sputum, and when they x-rayed his chest there was this 5 inch tree sprout in the lung.

Swallowing would have the object eliminated quickly but apparently being stuck in the moist darkness of the lung lobe caused it to sprout. I dunno….it seemed legit.

augustlan's avatar

Tree in lung a hoax.

Don’t worry about the cherry pit. It won’t hurt you.

Coloma's avatar

@augustlan Okay, good. It did seem rather strange, but…I can be gullible. lol

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Nothing, you’ll poop it out.

jca's avatar

In my lifetime, I’ve also swallowed watermelon seeds and plum pits (watermelon seeds on purpose, plum pits by accident), and I’m still alive.

syz's avatar


Brian1946's avatar

Minimize your dirt intake and don’t swallow any sunlight. ;-)

zenvelo's avatar

The pit will get stuck on all the gum you swallowed as a kid, but once the first branch grows into the back of your throat you can reach it with needlenose pliers and pull the whole thing out. The branch will reach your throat long before the roots reach the other end, it’s much shorter.

josie's avatar

You will see it again in a day or two.

Brian1946's avatar


“I swallow cherry pits all the time. I just swallow them, many of them if I eat many cherries. In my lifetime, I’ve also swallowed watermelon seeds and plum pits (watermelon seeds on purpose, plum pits by accident)....”

And I thought I had a high fiber diet! ;-) Props to your seed & pit consumption.

jca's avatar

@Brian1946: My motto is “It all comes out in the end.”

food's avatar

Thanks! Hilarious answers. I watched the surreal Japanese film, too (Didn´t think of cherry blossoms in this context…!)
So far, I haven´t felt anything strange…

food's avatar

Hoho, Brian I´ll try to follow your advice. @WillWorkForChocolate: nice pic
@coloma: I´m sure glad that was a hoax, talk about not looking forward to high allergen days…

bookish1's avatar

@food: Good to hear you haven’t sprouted yet :-p And I’m so glad you watched Mt. Head. That is one of the trippiest things I have ever seen and I love sharing it with people :)

food's avatar

Still, nothing yet… I guess I survived…

jca's avatar

@food: It was out of your body within about two days, trust me, as an eater of seeds and pits!

bookish1's avatar

@jca: What’s the biggest pit you have ever eaten? O_o

jca's avatar

@bookish1: Plum pit. That’s been a bunch of times, by accident. I suck it and it goes down smoothly because it’s covered in that plum stuff. I think peach pit would get stuck. So plum pits, a bunch of times, and I’ve lived to tell the tale. Next smallest is cherry pits and watermelon pits. Too much trouble to spit them out. They go down smooth, come right out, I’m sure!

food's avatar

I’m still alive…:) And I still remember the Japanese video, too!

Smitha's avatar

It will likely pass through your system with no problem. (I know am late here)

SmartAZ's avatar


SRSLY, they are round so they won’t poke holes, and the hull is impervious to digestion, and they don’t sprout because they are only in you for two days, so nothing happens.

jca's avatar

And they’re covered with slime (cherry slime) so they slide right through the pipe.

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