history of almonds
Almonds are yummy. I recently made almond milk by soaking 1 cup of almonds 6 or more hours in 4 cups water. Then I put it all in the blender until well blended. I separated out the liquid from the solids and refrigerated the liquid in a quart jar for use in smoothies, baking or just drinking. The solids can be added to almost anything – baked goods, nut butter sandwiches, etc.
Almonds were originally from the dry middle eastern countries, such as Israel.
California grows bunches of almond trees and exports them also.
I learned about Jordan almonds from here. They can be used as wedding favors, 5 for each guest accompanied by this poem:
Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife —
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!
They are called Jordan almonds because they were grown along the Jordan River.
more history here
a recipe for the brave
Interesting to find out what the word “almond” is in other languages:
mandlove – Czech
Mandeltrae – Danish
amandel – Dutch
Mandula – Hungarian
mandel – Swedish, German, Norwegian
Migdalowiec – Polish
mandorlo – Italian
Ametlla – Catalan
badem – Turkish
Migdale – Romanian
amande – French
almendra – Spanish
amendoa – Portuguese