Almonds are harvested in June (green almond) until October, when they reach full maturity.
Nutritional value of almonds
Almonds increase the feeling of repleteness, they are a source of minerals and essential nutrients (magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorous, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium...). They also contain Omega-3s which are beneficial for the cardiovascular system. Almonds also contain large quantities of vitamin E.
Almonds are grown in regions with a Mediterranean climate (Corsica, Provence, California, Spain, Tunisia) and there are several varieties:
- almond varieties with a soft shell;
- bitter almond varieties (for pharmacology);
- sweet almond varieties (for cooking).
Purchased with their shells, almonds are shelled before being prepared for your recipe. When using fresh almonds also remove their " skin" for better taste.
Almond oil can be used in cosmetics for its softening, moisturising and soothing powers.
Dry almonds are often used in pastry. © Med Dhifallah/Licence Creative Commons