Tag: almond

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.

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12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Spiced Nuts

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 7, 2010
Toby's Spiced Nuts Recipe
Toby's Spiced Nuts

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

In the midst of all the holiday sweet treats, sometimes you just need something savory to munch on. Making your own spiced nuts is simple and a not-so-expensive holiday gift. Make a double batch and serve some up to guests this holiday season.

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10 Healthy Foods Under $3

by in Healthy Tips, May 12, 2009


It’s a common myth that healthy foods come with a high price tag. Here are 10 foods overflowing with nutrients that won’t bust your grocery budge. Stock up on your next market run!

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