Almonds

Almond History

Almonds are mentioned as far back as the Bible. In the ‘Book of Numbers’ a story is told of Aaron’s rod that blossomed and bore almonds, giving the almond the symbolism of divine approval. They were a prized ingredient n breads served to Egyptian pharos and the Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm. Their exact ancestry is unknown, but they are thought to have originated in China and Central Asia. The earliest varieties of almonds were found in China. Explorers ate almonds while traveling the “Silk Road” between Asia and the Mediterranean spreading them to Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. Before long, almond trees flourished in the Mediterranean, especially in Spain and Italy.

The almond tree was brought to California from Spain in the mid-1700’s by the Franciscan Padres. By the 1870’s, research and crossbreeding had developed several of today’s prominent almond varieties. By the turn of the 20th Century, the almond industry was firmly established in the Sacramento and San Joaquin areas of California’s fertile Central Valley. California is the only place in North America where almonds are grown commercially. In the past 30 years, California’s almond yield has quadrupled, covering more than half a million acres, stretching 400 miles between Bakersfield and Red Bluff, California.

Health Benifits

  • Prevent constipation
  • Help in weight loss
  • Reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Lower risk of colon cancer
  • Help in brain development and prevent Alzheimer's disease
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol level and regulat blood pressure
  • Boost energy and immune system
  • Prevent osteoporosis and improve bone health
  • Nourish skin and improve skin complexion

Nutrients

  • Dietary Fiber 49%
  • Protain 42%
  • Calories 29%

Vitamins

  • Vitamin E 131%
  • Riboflavin 60%
  • Niacin 17%

Minerals

  • Manganese 114%
  • Copper 50%
  • Phosphorus 48%