Nuts About Almonds

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, October 13, 2011

almonds
We’ve told you all about grains, legumes, herbs and seasonal produce. In this new series we’ll explore the nuts we’re crazy about –  let’s get cracking!

Almond Basics
Almonds originated in central Asia and their cultivation has been traced back to Biblical times. In ancient Egypt, almonds were left in King Tut’s tomb to keep him nourished in the afterlife. These crunchy goodies were brought over to the United States from Spain in 1700. Two hundred years later, the almond industry was booming in California.

Almonds are the seeds of a fruit tree that’s related to the rose family. They’re grown in California, Australia, the Mediterranean and South Africa. There are two main types of almonds: sweet and bitter. Sweet almonds have a delicate and slightly sweet flavor and are the variety that most folks eat. Bitter almonds contain a toxic chemical called hydrocyanic acid and can be lethal when eaten raw. The chemical is destroyed once it is heated and the almond is then safe to eat. Bitter almonds aren’t allowed to be sold in the United States, though processed bitter almonds are used in flavor extracts and liqueurs.

Nutrition Facts
An ounce of almonds (23 almonds or ¼ cup) has 162 calories, 14 grams of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, and 6 grams of protein. There is naturally no salt in almonds, but salt is often added during processing or packaging. Almonds are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin E, providing almost 40 percent of your daily recommended dose. They’re also a good source of fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, phosphorus and copper.

Almonds also have the flavonoids quercentin and kaempferol, which have been shown to help prevent cancer growth and decrease the risk for heart disease. Studies have shown that almonds may also play a role in improving memory in those with Alzheimer’s disease, but further research is needed.

What To Do With Almonds
Almonds come slivered, sliced, chopped and ground. Whole almonds are a delicious snack on their own. Choose raw or blanched as opposed to those cooked in oil. Since almonds are calorie-heavy it’s important to keep portions at about 1 ounce.

Use whole almonds to create a homemade trail mix with dried fruit and whole grain cereal. They can also be dipped in chocolate, spiced or be made into killer homemade almond butter.

Slivered almonds can be added to salads, grain salads, stuffing, oatmeal and yogurt. To get an even richer flavor, toast almonds in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes before adding them to your favorite recipe.

Crushed almonds also make a deliciously crunchy coating for fish. Ground almonds into flour and use it in your favorite pastry recipes or add almond pieces to your baked goodies like cookies, cakes and muffins. Almond pieces or slivers can also be sprinkled on scones or bread. Before baking, brush with milk or an egg-wash, then sprinkle on almonds.

Shopping and Storage Tips: Almonds are typically available in the baking or snack aisle or the produce section of the market. Look for almonds that are white throughout. Avoid rancid almonds which are usually yellow in color. If purchasing almond in their shells, be sure they don’t rattle when you shake them (an indication that they’re old). Unopened containers of almonds can be stored in the fridge or pantry for up to 2 years. Once opened, store in a cool, dry place in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Recipes To Try:

More posts from .

Similar Posts

5 Foods That Are Not Really Your Best Friends

Watch out for five unassuming foods that rake in the calories, whether you realize it or not....

Comments (1,131)

  1. alprazolam says:

    adderall…

    thanks a million…

  2. percocet says:

    codeine…

    I�m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that�s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intellig…

  3. oxycontin says:

    Valium…

    you are the best…

  4. Hydrocodone…

    you are the best…

  5. Royce Sulek says:

    My husband and i were quite ecstatic that Chris could complete his homework by way with the ideas he gained when making use of the website. It’s now and once again perplexing to just discover yourself handing out thoughts other folks might have been trying to sell. We genuinely realize we have got the web site owner to be grateful to because of that. The main explanations you’ve created, the simple site menu, the friendships you may assist to instill – it’s most outstanding, and it is truly facilitating our son in addition to the family do believe this subject is amusing, and that is unbelievably critical. Several thanks for all of the pieces!

  6. online watch movies…

    I am typically to blogging and i really respect your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your web site and maintain checking for brand new information….

  7. Buy Xenical says:

    ambien…

    You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!…

  8. Buy Acomplia says:

    Ativan…

    Youre so cool!…

  9. personalized gifts for men gifts for her baby gifts…

    I’m usually to running a blog and i really appreciate your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your web site and hold checking for brand new information….

  10. The Birch of the Shadow…

    I believe there may perhaps be a handful of duplicates, but an exceedingly handy listing! I have tweeted this. Many thanks for sharing!…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>