The almond is the edible seed of the Almond tree (Prunus dulcis or Prunus amygdalus). Native to the Middle East and South Asia, Almonds were first found in an area stretching from northern India westwards to Syria, Israel and Turkey, then spreading into North Africa, Southern Europe and latterly California
The word ‘almond’ comes from the old French, ‘almande’ (now amande). In Germany, they are called Mandel; Mandorlo in Italy and Almendro in Spain
The fruit of the almond is a drupe (Typical drupes include peaches, plums, and cherries… and coconuts!), consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed (which is not a true nut) inside.
Our almonds normally come from California’s central valley. One of California’s top three agricultural exports, more than 80% of the world’s crop of Almonds is produced there (more than 630,000 metric tons in 2011)
A widely used food ingredient, almonds are packed with goodness: 20 percent of raw almond is high quality protein, a third of which are essential amino acids They are also rich in dietary fibre B vitamins, essential minerals and monounsaturated fat, one of the two fats which may lower LDL cholesterol
Almonds are popular ingredients in skincare lotions and potions. The vitamin E in almonds (26 mg per 100 g – a similar amount to that found in broccoli) is great for skin and hair.
Blanched, sound almonds whole, ground or sliced to the required thickness and roasted
Characteristic fresh almond flavour
Firm and crisp
Typical almond aroma
Available to order in a wide range of packaging and volumes.
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