The Story behind food: Almonds

I myself absolutely love almonds. They are my go to snack while I’m working and I also love them with chocolate, you can’t really go wrong with chocolate. I’m thinking of doing a “Story Behind Food” post each month for a food’s holiday. In January I took a look at Glazed donuts. If you’ve got a fun food to add please let me know! I love food.

The 411 On the Almond
Courtesy: Nuts for Alomds

The earliest varieties of almonds were found in China carried by traders down the ancient silk road to Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East.

Almonds are mentioned as far back in history as the Bible. They were a prized ingredient in breads served to Egypt’s pharos. Their exact ancestry in unknown, but almonds are thought to have originated in China and Central Asia.

California is the only place in North America where almonds are grown commercially. In the past 30 years, California’s almond yield has quadrupled. More than 450,000 acres in the lush San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys are under almond cultivation, stretching 400 miles between Bakersfield and Red Bluff, California.

Almond Cream Puff Ring

Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Cookies

Almond Cupcakes with Cherry Frosting


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25 Responses to The Story behind food: Almonds

  1. Mounika says:

    Almonds are my fav!! Nice to know some history

  2. Nastia says:

    I LOVE almonds, but each time I eat them I feel guilty of getting fat. Dichotomy of the good and the evil in its essence.

  3. Meredith says:

    How interesting! I love this idea (and almonds)!
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  4. heidi says:

    loved it you made almonds interesting to me

  5. You had me at food. I must admit almonds are at the top of my snack list.
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  6. Jackie says:

    Almonds are my go to nut! Will definitely have to checkout some of these recipes!

  7. Huh. I had no idea that California is THE source of almonds in North America. Learn something new every day I guess!

  8. Shann Eva says:

    Yum! Almonds are one of my favorites too. I love those little 100 calorie packs, and I also love them with a little dark chocolate too. Fun series!
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  9. Ron says:

    Chocolates, almonds! hey life is good! Those pictures made me hungry.

  10. I remember on some diet that 5 almonds is a good snack. I recently discovered chocolate covered almonds, dark chocolate in Trader Joes, hard to limit those. My addiction, passion & I dream of them is potato chips, so if you are looking for a food topic, write away.

  11. Almonds are one of my favs and I love them honey roasted, just a coupe a day lolol we gotta maintain body mass! Thanks for sharing this

  12. Jessica says:

    Great post. I love almonds and do a co op that orders from CA every year. They are so good!

  13. Andrea says:

    Who knew Almonds had such a history. I love smoked almonds and cinnamon roasted almonds. I still am not a fan of raw almonds a little to mealy for me.

  14. GiGi Eats says:

    Almonds make me break out in hives! 🙁 WOMP WOMP!
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  15. Cyndi says:

    I live in the heart of Almond producing country – Chico, CA. This is perhaps a little known factoid – but here in Chico we refer to them as ‘amonds’ – they are ‘almonds’ while they are on the tree and ‘amonds’ when they fall to the ground, because to get the nuts from the tree there are machines, or in some cases humans, that shake the tree to dislodge them. That shakes the ‘elle’ or ‘l’ out of them…hence amonds. Haha
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  16. Kristin says:

    Yay almonds! Love them in oatmeal with some blueberries!

  17. Renee says:

    I love almonds but they tend to make my teeth hurt if I eat too many. My teeth get very sensitive to other foods if I eat a lot of them. My problem is probably that I eat way too many at one time, lol. I love the idea behind this post…..the history of food. I think you should def do this every month!!

  18. Danita Carr says:

    I absolutely love almonds too! And they are definitely best with Chocolate! 😉 #SmallVictories

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