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Almonds

almond inshell

General information

The almond is grown in the Mediterranean area and the United States. In Italy it is more common in the southern regions. The three species are: bitter; sweet with a hard shell, and sweet with a soft shell. The tree is relatively small with a height of around 6 to 8 metres The trunk and branches have brown or grey bark. The fower and stem buds are pointed at frst, then become more rounded and are set onto many branches in small bunches.. The trees are deciduous and have tapered leaves with a serrated edge and long veins. Flowering is always uncertain, and how well the tree fowers depends on a number of factors including the variety of the tree and the weather. The fruit is oval with a green, hairy, feshy external covering. The shell is woody and it is the seed (the almond) which is the edible part. In acid soil the cultivated almond tree forms an elaborate root architecture which reaches notable depth and expansion.

Health Benefits

Almonds are an excellent source of good “fats”; a recent study has shown that their regular consumption reduces levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. They contain magnesium and vitamin E and, at 12%, they have the highest fbre content of all nuts. Like all foods that contain fat, their consumption must be carefully controlled. They are rich in unsaturated fats, vitamin A, B, and E, proteins, glycosides, minerals, starch, potassium, iron, phosphorus and calcium. The sweet almond is the one most frequently used in recipes. They are widely used in desserts such as the famous sugar-coated almonds; nougat; a large variety of almond paste desserts; and in drinks such as amaretto and orzata. Energy-giving, laxative and cleansing properties are attributed to almonds: some of the oldest remedies are almond milk prescribed for revitalizing the intestine and the bladder, and for cough relief. In certain natural medicines almonds are considered to be an antidepressant. Combined with acid fruits like orange juice, they make a cocktail for boosting the immune system.

Varieties

  • Avola
  • Fellamasa
  • Tuono
  • Carmel
  • Non Pareil
  • Marconas
  • Larguetas
  • Ferragnes

Available:

INSHELL, SHELLED, BLANCHED, SLICED, CHOPPED, BLANCHED MEAL, PASTE, CHOCOLATE COATED, DRY ROASTED.

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