The almond (Prunus dulcis, Prunus amygdalus) is a species of tree native to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and North Africa.

Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree.

Within the genus Prunus, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by corrugations on the shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.

The fruit of the almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed, which is not a true nut.

iShelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed.

Almonds are sold shelled or unshelled.

Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.


Almonds are a great source of fiber and may help prevent colon cancer

Almonds are anti-inflammatory and contain powerful antioxidants in their skins. They also help moderate blood sugar levels.

Almond milk is a great substitute for dairy products.

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