Almonds have a long history. Almonds were mentioned in the Bible. Almonds were used as an ingredient in bread served to the pharaohs. Almonds are thought to come from China and Central Asia. They were transported by caravans on the “Silk Road” to the Middle East and were introduced to the Mediterranean. Later they were established in California.
Almonds have been used since antiquity for medicinal purposes. Some of the claims include use for the complexion, preventing cancer, constipation, coughs heart problems, and diabetes. In Ayurvedic medicine they are considered as a nutrient for the brain and nervous system. Folklore claims that almonds increase intellectual capacity and longevity. Modern research shows that consuming almonds improves the quality of the diet.
Almonds are so nutritious they are considered a super-food. They contain vitamins A,C,D,E and K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B-6, folate, B-12, and choline. Almonds contain calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Almonds are popular in cooking, baking and in pastries. Almond oil is often used as a substitute for olive oil or as a carrier oil in aromatherapy and massage. Almonds are readily available, as whole nuts (often slivered, or sliced), almond milk, almond butter, and almond paste.
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