|The almond is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree which is oval in shape, and buttery in taste. As is one of the most popular nuts, almond is not only well known in modern times but throughout history.|
There are three forms of the almond plant, one producing sweet almonds, and the others producing bitter and Mamra almonds respectively. Sweet almonds are the type that is eaten and most almond related products utilize the sweet variety. Bitter almonds contain trace amounts of lethal acid that is used as flavoring agent. Mamra almond is also a type of almond which is distinguished by its very unique texture and appearance.
Almonds are nutritional powerhouses and contain calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, and many vitamins and minerals.
100 grams of almond kernels contains about 600 calories in composed of 54% fat, 20% carbohydrates and 19% protein.
Sweet Almonds are used in candies, baked products and confectioneries, while bitter almonds are used for medical purpose and in the manufacturer of perfume.