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 produces fragrant pink and white flowers and is truly a remarkable plant. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond tree bears fruit with stone-like seeds, or pits, within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond “nut.” Almonds were thought to have originated in regions of West Asia and North Africa and are an ancient food that has been written about in historical texts, including the Bible.
For people with dairy or soy intolerance, almonds are a gift. Almonds contain minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, phosphorus and iron, and also B vitamins, vitamin E, and antioxidants. Plus, they make for a really tasty base for dairy-free milks and frozen desserts!
Almonds are also cholesterol-free and contain monounsaturated fats, the same type of fats that are found in olive oil.