As the most widely consumed nuts, almonds are nutritious and full of great buttery taste
Almonds are the world’s most popular nut for snacking, decorative, and baking purposes.
We generally categorize almonds as a nut. However, they are regarded as “stone” fruits, or pits, and are harvested from the almond tree, which is in the peach family.
The nuts are grown throughout the Mediterranean as well as parts of Asia,
• The nuts marketed for consumer use are the “sweet” variety. Varieties include
• Bitter almonds contain toxins that must be removed by cooking first. These are not legally sold in the
• Green (or unripe ) almonds are a common ingredient and snack outside the
• Spanish almonds (the
Almonds are also processed for:
Extract – This is a processed form of bitter or sweet almonds, which is mixed with alcohol.
Oil – The oil is favored for high-heat cooking as it has a light taste and high smoke point.
Butter – Less salty than its peanut counterpart and usable for many who suffer nut allergies.
Flour – Found in health food and gourmet stores. Used as a replacement in diabetic and low carbohydrate diets.
• When a recipe requires
• Keep refrigerated (up to six months) or frozen (about twelve months). Always use wrapping and airtight containers to prevent moisture and mold buildup.
• Shelled nuts will only keep a few weeks. For longer life, keep them in the shell.
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