almond trees
Almonds rely on bees for pollination. Almond nuts will develop on trees only when the flower is correctly pollinated. The vast majority of almond tree varieties in California require a second almond tree of a different variety for pollination of the flowers. These varieties must be cross-pollinated by insects, primarily honey bees. To ensure successful pollination, growers usually plant alternating rows of at least two different almond varieties.
In areas such as Spain, Morocco, Greece and Israel, almonds have been a snack food (for traveling explorers) dating back to 600-900 A.D. Today, almonds enjoy a spot in recipes for many gourmet main dishes, sides, desserts and pastries. They are seasoned in a variety of flavors as diverse as your favorite bag of snack chips – offering a healthy snack alternative.

Almonds are high in fiber and protein, and contain heart-smart good fats, which can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and make them a good fit in weight management programs. One ounce of almonds contains 13 grams of unsaturated fat and only one gram of saturated fat. Almonds also are one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium, and are a good source of calcium and potassium.

One ounce of almonds has 160 calories, and makes a satisfying and nutritious snack. The Almond Board of California has a fun way to measure almonds to stick to the “perfect portion” every time. One ounce of almonds (about 23 almonds) is the amount of almonds that will fit:
  • In one handful
  • In a ¼ measuring cup
  • In a shot glass
  • On a 3” x 3” sticky note pad
Almonds enjoy a spot in many gourmet recipes for main dishes, sides, snacks, desserts and pastries. 
The Almond Board of California offers many tasty almond recipes. For example, did you know that you could toast almonds in the microwave? Toasted almonds can be seasoned in a variety of flavors, such as this bee-favorite, made with honey -- Smoky Honey Spiced Almonds.

For a quick and easy snack to eat while watching your favorite sporting event on TV, Beer & Bacon-Glazed “All-Mans” (Almonds) was winner of the Almond Board’s Snack Attack contest.

And what could be more festive than Pumpkin Cranberry Granola Bites – bite-sized, green-and-red-speckled snack balls, with holiday flavors like pumpkin and cloves?

If you’re looking for the perfect party food for the holidays, Beef Satay with Almond Butter Dipping Sauce can be made using beef or chicken breast strips.

For dessert, almond flour is great base for gluten-free baking, such as this moist Gluten-Free Fudgy Chocolate Avocado Bread.

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