Almonds are a delicate tasting and highly versatile nut. They come from the almond tree and are the nut contained inside the fruit or drupe that the tree provides.
The almond tree fruit, while from the same genus family as the peach, has a hard and leathery skin (outer layer) which is removed to reveal the almond hidden away inside the flesh.
Unsurprisingly, the almond fruit isn’t actually eaten – and it doesn’t look very tasty! Whilst their growth season is mid-summer, due to the ability to package, they are available throughout the year which makes them a dependable ingredient, no matter what product they are being used for.
A study performed in 2015 by the US Department of Agriculture states that consumption in America has increased by a whopping 220% in the 10 years since 2005, with the prediction that this growth will continue.