Get to Know the Almond Familia

Get to Know the Almond Familia



Do you know that almonds are classified into three categories? Their family tree must be huge! Scroll along as we bring you into each of these almonds’ uniqueness and their different uses.

California, Mission and Nonpareil Almonds

California almonds have a dark colour and semi-hard shells, blanchable and versatile in nature. They are commonly grown in California, USA as originate from their name. They are the most popular among the rest as they are produced for commercial purposes such as manufacturing high quality almond flour. 



Mission almonds have brownish-red skin and are non blanchable. Their nuts are small and wrinkled but they have the strongest flavour among the other types of almonds. The wrinkles on the nuts make them have more fulfilling flavour to our taste buds. This type of almonds are used in ice-cream and snack mixes. To bring out the best taste in them, roasting the nuts in an oven or toasting them in a pan is the way to go! 

 


Nonpareil almonds are known for the most attractive and smoothest almonds. They are long and thick in size with delicate, pale skin and shells which makes them mature easily. They are perfect for table snacks for you to chill with your family and friends.

Uses of Almonds Around The World
Now you know the different types of almonds that are produced but what are their uses all around the globe? Find out below!

Japan


The almond chocolate balls are to crave for! Also, almonds are used in pretzel sticks dipped in milk, dark or white chocolate and coated with diced almonds.
China

Almonds are the most popular among the Chinese during the Lunar New Year. Roasted, salted almonds are served as snacks during the celebration. They are also popular during the autumn and winter seasons where they are known as “The Seasonal Snack”.


India
In India, almonds are considered brain food for kids and play a key role in a type of traditional sweet that is called the mithai. The Indians commonly give almonds during the Diwali festival as they symbolize “the gift of good health”.

Italy

The Italians started the tradition of gifting Jordan almonds as wedding favors and in the current generation they act as a symbol for other milestones too by coating almonds in different colors such as red for graduations, green for engagements, blue for a baby boy and pink for a baby girl.


France



As the French are famous for making patisserie treats, almonds play an important role in them as well such as macarons, almond-marzipan and almond cream-filled puff pastries which are called galette des rois known as “The Cake of Kings” which are enjoyed on the Feast of the Epiphany.

 

Spain



The Spanish are “The Originators of Almonds”, as Franciscan Padres bought the almond tree from Spain to California in the 1700s. Up till today, the Spanish still use almonds in their traditional treats and recipes.


Germany

Almonds are used to make German’s mouth-watering marzipan confections and they are starting to become more popular in snack foods eaten at open-air festivals and Christmas markets.


Sweden



Swedish people are known to have a tradition to hide an almond in rice pudding as it symbolizes good fortune. Whoever that managed to find the almond will get married in the upcoming year.


United Kingdom



In the UK, almonds play an important part on a citizen’s day-to-day basis. They have become daily almond snackers to help them throughout their busy day. Almonds are also gifted as a holiday gift to be given to their loved ones. 


United States of America 

Do you know that more than 80% of the world’s almonds are produced in California? From whole almonds to almond butter, almond flour, almond milk and almond oil, Americans just love all things almonds!

 

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Almonds in Daily Life

Beside having roasted almonds as a snack, almonds can be used in a variety of ways and recipes. 


Almond Butter



Almond butter is popular in the nut butter category for its rich, nutty taste. It is also a great alternative to peanut butter for people who have peanut allergies. In comparison, almond butter has more healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals which makes it a healthier choice! 

You can use these ideas to spice up your food using almond butter.

Breakfast & brunch : Make almond butter and jam sandwiches and dip them in a mixture of egg and milk before cooking on the griddle. Ta-daa!  You can enjoy your delicious and fulfilling French toast to start your day!

Dips : You can use almond butter as a dip for your fruit platter.

Dressings & Sauces : You can whisk your almond butter with lime, garlic, sesame oil and soy sauce to make peanut butter dressing. Use this dressing for vegetables like carrots, kale and cabbage.

Soups : Stir your almond butter into pureed soups for additional protein. The almond flavor compliments vegetables such as butternut squash, carrots and sweet potatoes. 

Desserts : Upgrade your s’mores by spreading almond butter on graham crackers before topping with chocolate and marshmallows.


Almond Flour



Almond flour is widely used and a popular substitute for wheat flour that could be good for making moist, tender and delicious baked goods. It is a healthy alternative for celiac disease patients and those who are on a gluten-free diet as almond flour is low carb and high protein. Also, it can be used in diabetic friendly recipes as it is low in digestible carbohydrates and sugars.  How to use almond flour? Here are a few tips:

Pancakes : You can make your own light, flavourful and fluffy Almond Flour Pancakes by using almond flour instead of wheat flour. Then top the pancakes with your favorite toppings (blueberries and chocolate chips are recommended).

Breading : To make crusts of chicken or fish tenders, you can use almond flour for a change! Use chopped almonds instead of almond flour for a crunchier and gluten-free coating.

Meatballs & meatloaf : Use almond flour instead of breadcrumbs in your meatball and meatloaf recipes.

Gluten-free cookies : Almond flour can be used instead of wheat flour to make more chewy-crisp and protein rich cookies.



Almond Milk


Almond milk has a light texture and nutty flavor. It is dairy-free which is suitable as a vegan alternative to cow’s milk and suitable for lactose-intolerant consumers as well. Almond milk is low in calories, a great source of vitamin E and is very low in saturated fats.

Smoothies : Almond milk can be a replacement for dairy milk or yogurt in your smoothie recipes. An added benefit is that almond milk contains 60 calories per cup versus the 90 calories in a cup of skim milk.

Mashed potatoes : It is a lactose-intolerant and vegan friendly choice for mashed potato lovers!

Soup : Using almond milk can make soups have a more creamy texture! 

Baking : Use almond milk instead of dairy milk in your baked goods, it can enrich your vitamin E intake which can lower the risk of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s Disease.

Replacement for Buttermilk : Use almond milk instead of buttermilk in recipes as it is a healthier option!

 

Almond Oil



Almond oil can be classified into unrefined and refined almond oil. Unrefined almond oil is made by cold-pressing dried almonds whereas refined almond oil is pressed using high heat. Almond oil is linked to a wide range of potential health benefits, including lowering the risk of heart disease and stabilizing blood sugar levels. It can be used for both in the kitchen and in your skincare routine.

In the Kitchen : Almond oil should not be used as cooking oil as high temperatures can destroy its nutritional values. It can be used as a finishing oil and added to dishes after the cooking process is complete such as salad dressing.

Skincare Routine : Almond oil can be used as a part of your beauty routine as it is a more natural and non-toxic option. Research has shown that massaging skin with almond oil may help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, reduce itching and prevent new ones from forming. It is also great as a moisturizer as it has been found to not clog pores and cause breakouts. You can mix almond oil with mashed avocado to make a hydrating hair mask then smoothing it on damp hair. 

 

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