Persipan (from Persicus (peach) and marzipan; also known as Parzipan) is a material used in confectionery.[1] It is similar to marzipan but, instead of almonds, is made with apricot or peach kernels.[2] Persipan consists of 40% ground kernels and 60% sugar. The kernels have a strong bitter flavour caused by the presence of amygdalin, a toxic cyanogenic glycoside which has to be detoxified before the kernels can be used. The cores are normally not used otherwise, originally making persipan lower-priced than marzipan. It also has a somewhat different taste. Persipan often contains 0.5% starch so that it can be easily differentiated from marzipan with an iodine test.

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This Dominostein has a layer of persipan at the top
Alternative namesParzipan
Place of originGermany
Main ingredientsApricot or peach kernels, sugar

Persipan is generally used in confectionery in place of marzipan and as an ingredient of pastry and sweet foods, such as Stollen. It is rarely eaten by itself. In recent years, the use of persipan has increased.


  1. ^ "Persipan". Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2015-09-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)