Almonds: The versatile tree nut!
Posted on October 27 2023
Did you know that almonds are not actually nuts?
That's right! Almonds are drupes, which means that the edible part is the kernel inside an outer shell. Despite this technicality, they are still considered among the world's most popular and versatile tree nuts. They can be eaten raw, roasted, sliced, slivered, and flaked, or made into almond milk, butter, oil, paste, and flour.
Where do almonds come from?
Almonds originated in the Middle East, but the United States now supplies over 80 percent of the global demand. Most almonds are grown in California's Great Central Valley due to its ideal climate. It takes about 3 years for a tree to grow its first almonds and they continue growing them for up to 25 years before the trees are removed and replaced with a new crop. Almonds are indeed a rotational crop, it just takes a quarter century to do so.
Are almonds healthy?
Almonds contain plant protein, antioxidants, magnesium, fiber, and are less than 180 calories per serving. Plus, studies have shown that almonds may also have a beneficial effect on your gut microbiota by supporting the growth of beneficial bacteria such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus. Bifidobacteria is healthy bacteria found in your intestines that helps digest fiber, prevent infections, and produce B vitamins and healthy fatty acids. Lactobacillus potentially maintains the natural balance of the gut microbiota which may help support digestion and provide other health benefits, such as boosting the immune system.
So not only are almonds healthy and delicious, they are also good for your health, and our Just Roasted Almonds are the cream of the crop!