Fortunately, the delicately flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Although packaged almonds are available year round, they are the freshest in mid-summer, which is when they are at the height of their season.
The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-sized tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond trees bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.
Nine Health Benefits of Almonds
- They can reduce the risk of heart attack
- They lower 'bad' cholesterol
- They protect artery walls from damage
- Almonds help build strong bones and teeth
- They provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
- Almonds lower the rise of blood sugar and insulin after meals
- They help provide good brain function
- They nourish the nervous system
- They alkalize the body