The almond is actually the seed of the fruit of the almond tree and is related to the other stone fruits like peaches, apricots, and plums. Almonds are mentioned 10 times in the Bible, beginning in the book of Genesis. California is the only state that produces almonds. With its soft texture, mild flavor, and light color, the almond can be eaten raw or toasted. When pressed, it yields a nutritious, delicately flavored almond milk, a delightful alternative to cow's milk.
- good source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), niacin, folate, potassium, other minerals
- calcium content good for bones, muscles, nerve function, blood pressure, immune defenses
- highest of all nuts in fiber content - 4 grams per ounce
- lowers risk of diabetes and heart disease by moderating insulin spikes