Feb 162014
 
smoked and salted almonds

smoked and salted almonds

National Almond Day is February 16th.

The almond tree, native to the Middle East and South Asia, has fragrant pink and white flowers and bears a fleshy green fruit. The fruit is a drupe with a stone-like seed inside (similar to a peaches and cherries), the almond nut. It is not a true nut in the botanical sense.

Almonds are a popular snack food and may be eaten raw. A popular snack is smoked and salted almonds. Almond milk and almond butter are made from the extracted almond oil. Almond flour is a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour in cooking and baking. Popular almond treats include marzipan, macarons, Chinese almond cookies, and Italian ricciarelli.

Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and essential minerals.

photo courtesy of NMajik, Wikipedia.org

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