The almond (Prunus dulcis,syn.Prunus amygdalus) is a species of tree native toIranand surrounding countries but widely cultivated elsewhere. The almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivatedseedof this tree. Within the genusPrunus, it is classified with thepeachin the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by corrugations on the shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed. The fruit of the almond is adrupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed, which is not atrue nut, inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are sold shelled or unshelled.Blanchedalmonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften theseedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the whiteembryo.
Almonds are rich in nutrients, vitamin E, magnesium, and low in carbs but high in proteins, and thus make for a healthy, conscious living. They are also a perfect choice for those with diabetes by boosting blood sugar control.