Almond, Sweet (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis)
The Almond tree is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia, from Syria and Turkey to Pakistan, producing an edible and widely cultivated seed.
Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. The fruit of the almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed, which is not a true nut, inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are sold shelled or unshelled. Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.
While the almond is often eaten on its own, raw or toasted, it is also a component of various dishes. Almonds are available in many forms, such as whole, sliced (flaked, slivered), and as flour. Almonds yield almond oil and can also be made into almond butter or almond milk.
From the dried kernel of almonds, an oil, the Sweet Almond Oil is extracted by cold pressing the seed, valued as an excellent emollient known to soften and recondition the skin. It's rich in proteins, linoleic acid and vitamin D. It sooths dry irritated skin. People with nut allergies should avoid products with this particular oil.
Almonds are a rich source of oil, with 50% of kernel dry mass as fat. In relation to total dry mass of the kernel, almond oil contains 32% monounsaturated oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 13% linoleic acid (a polyunsaturated omega-6 essential fatty acid), and 10% saturated fatty acid (mainly as palmitic acid). Almond oil is a rich source of vitamin E, providing 261% of the Daily Value per 100 ml (table). (1)
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