Almonds come from the almond tree. They are a type of stone fruit that is in the same family as the peach, plum and cherry.Know More
No one is quite sure when almonds were discovered, but they were mentioned in the Bible. After that, they were used to make bread served to Egyptian pharaohs. Almonds made their way to America in the 1700's when they were brought over by Franciscan priests.
People of that time loved almonds, but had a hard time growing them. The weather was too cool and moist to facilitate growth. Finally, during the late 1800's, farmers found a way to grow them in America.
As of 2014, California is the only state in North America that grows almonds for commercial purposes, with almonds being the state's largest tree nut crop. Almonds are said to prevent certain types of cancers and reduce the risk of heart disease. Ounce per ounce, almonds have as much calcium as milk.Learn more about Beans & Nuts
Toast slivered almonds by baking them in the oven, cooking them on the stovetop or microwaving them on a microwave-safe plate. Although microwave-toasting doesn't give the nuts the same golden color, it's the fastest method for cooking crunchy nuts with toasted flavor.Full Answer >
Bitter raw almonds are poisonous, according to the Huffington Post. They contain a substance that breaks down into cyanide. Cooking bitter almonds destroys the poison.Full Answer >
A 1-ounce serving of almonds, or approximately 24 nuts, contains 164 calories. Of those calories, 127 come from fat, and the almonds contain a total of about 14 grams of fat.Full Answer >
The almond nut grows on a medium-sized tree with spreading branches. A newly planted almond tree begins to produce an almond nut crop after three years, and the nuts are typically harvested in late August. The tree grows light pink flower blossoms between March and April.Full Answer >