In 1400 b.C. they were mentioned in the Bible, in 100 A.D. the Romans sprayed with almonds the newly-weds, thus wishing them luck in producing offspring, in 600-900 A.D. almond trees bloomed in the Mediterranean (Spain, Morocco, Greece, Israel) while in 1700 almonds reached the New Continent. Their month of season is September.
- Almonds are rich in protein, iron, magnesium, potassium, phytosterols as well as omega 3 and omega 6 fats, contributing in the reduction of cholesterol - if one limits the consumption of saturated fats.
- They provide vitamin E, a significant anti-oxidant contributing to the slowing down of the rate of cell ageing.
- They contain natural fibres that enhance bowel function.
- Their peel is rich in polyphenol antioxidants contributing to anti-ageing.
- They are an exceptional source of calcium, which like magnesium, are essential for the good health of teeth and bones. A handful of almonds provides 6% of the recommended daily calcium intake.
- Raw, unsalted, peeled, sliced and croquant in raw salads, cakes and pies as well as in delicious pate and pesto.
Did you know that...
- Almonds are a food of high nutritional value. In a study of Purdue University of Iowa, participants were asked to consume 60gr of almonds everyday, without making any other change in their dietary routines. Ten weeks later, not only did they not gain any weight, but, on the contrary, they consumed less of other foods. Almonds make you feel "full", they keep you going...
- Due to their natural anti-oxidants, almonds shall keep for a long time if preserved properly - the paler their skin is, the fresher the almond.
- The almond tree, its beauty and symbolism when in bloom in spring, has been celebrated by many Greek poets, with the most famous poem among many being that of Georgios Drosinis, published for the first time in the satirical magazine "Rabagias" in 1882 and signed by the pen name "Arachni" [Spider]. So, Shake the blooming almond tree...