Almonds are the seeds of the almond fruit that grow in around 30 different varieties.
8 out of 10 almonds are grown in sunny California, where climatic conditions are ideal for growing almond trees. Almonds belong to the same family as cherries, peaches, and mangoes.
They are rich in nutrients and contain vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber and therefore have a health-promoting effect. They are high in healthy unsaturated fats. Unsaturated fats do not increase the risk of developing “bad” cholesterol in the blood. What’s more, it is believed that eating them regularly can lower overall cholesterol. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, a known antioxidant, a substance that stops oxidation processes, thus clearing the veins and preventing heart disease, and slowing down cell aging. It is believed that almonds contribute to the maintenance of healthy bones through the content of calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamin K, protein and zinc. In addition, almonds contain: B vitamins, fiber and phosphorus.
Almonds are appreciated not only in the West, where their composition and properties are supported by scientific research, but have been used for a long time, due to their health-promoting properties, in Eastern medicine and traditions. In Ayurveda, which is an ancient Indian healing art, he treats food as one of the main ingredients in preventing disease. In this tradition, almonds are seen as a building block of strength and energy, help nervous people achieve emotional balance and are used as an aphrodisiac. When added to meals, almond oil nourishes the body from within, externally helps dry skin, and reduces the signs of aging.
Nutritional values per 100g
Energy value 2575kJ / 623kcal – 31% RWS *
Fat 55.7g – 80%
including saturated fatty acids 4.5 g – 22%
Carbohydrates 5g – 2%
including sugars 3.5 g – 4%
Fiber 8.8 g
Protein 21.1g – 42%
Salt 0.025g <1%
* RWS – Reference Food Value
They are a great ingredient of various dishes, not only sweet, and a tasty, healthy snack. While whole almonds are a delicious addition to your morning oatmeal or yogurt, and almond milk is the perfect addition to your smoothies, there are many more meals you can use them with. Try using ground almonds as a base for tart and fit bars or for breading chicken or fish. Use almond milk instead of cow’s milk for Béchamel sauce, French toast or creamy mashed potatoes.
Almonds taste great as an ingredient of sweet pastries – cakes, cookies, cakes and desserts. They can be used to prepare almond pesto or roasted additions to salads.