Almond are seeds – bronze and energy-infused. But they are so much more. Almonds are beautiful pink flowers. They are entrancing yellow-green fruits. They are hardy trees with plenty of shade. Genetically, almonds are akin to peaches, apricots and plums, with flowers as breathtaking as cherry blossoms. The difference is that the seeds of the almond tree, not the fruit, are edible. They are time-honored plants that appear even in the Old Testament as “gifts from God,” blooming on sticks and bearing fruit to announce divine revelations from the heavens. In ancient Rome, there was a custom of throwing almonds to newlyweds, hoping for fertility. And for good reason. Almonds are rich in vitamin E and good for the skin, particularly for halting the effects of aging. When consumed before meals, almonds control satiety by your helping you feel full, allowing you to stick to your diet. Almonds are nutty and crunchy, and they go well with other foods and dishes. Because of these reasons, almonds are a widely sought-after snack which bring beauty and health to foodies around the world.
Almonds personify the fresh air and sunlight of California. Moreover, 82% of the world’s almond production and 99% of consumed almonds in Korea originate in California.
Almond blossoms are as lavish and beautiful as cherry blossoms. They bloom from mid-February to mid-March, and bear fruits as the flowers are pollinated by honeybees. Honeybees are essential partners for the development of almonds.
The fruits of the almond tree continue growing until late June. Up close, they are like peaches or apricots. The pulp is used as animal feed, while the seeds inside are what we eat.
Throughout July, the hulls swell and burst, turning light yellow. The almond kernels begin to dry and signal the arrival of the harvest.
Almonds are harvested from August through mid-October. Once the pulp and skin are peeled off, we discover the almond we have always known. The hulls are used as cattle feed, and the shells as bedding materials for livestock. Nothing is wasted.
They suppress aging through their antioxidant effect
Almonds are a repository of vitamin E, which replenishes skin and slows aging. They are a wholesome snack that protects your skin from UV rays and fine dust. The recommended daily intake of 23 almonds (30g) equals to about a handful. It includes 7.8mg of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), providing a hefty 73% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E for Koreans. Vitamin E is involved in antioxidant functions, protecting our body from cellular, tissue and organ damage caused by active oxygen. It is good to consume vitamin E through natural foods like almonds, which is twice as effective as consuming it through supplementary pills.
The recommended daily intake
Eat 23 almonds a day
tipHow to count 23 almonds
Weight Management – Reduces appetite and feelings of hunger
Almonds are an ideal partner for healthy diet. They have a nutty flavor and crunchy texture, and make you feel less hungry while helping you feel satisfied. Almonds are relatively low in calories while containing 11 essential nutrients such as magnesium, zinc and vitamin B2, so they blend well into any diet plan.
An experiment was conducted in 2013 on 137 participants to measure the satiety of almonds. The results showed that appetite clearly decreased after having almonds as a snack. This study appeared in the European Journal of Nutrition.
11 essential nutrients in almonds
who eat almonds...
Consume less sugarDaily sugar consumption
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Q&A on dieting with almonds
Q1How many calories do almonds have?
A Almonds have 575 calories per 100g. This is lower than walnuts (654 calories or hazelnuts (628 calories). If you eat 23 of them, that’s about 132 calories. Almonds are acknowledged for their nutritive effect with high contents of dietary fiber, vitamin E, riboflavin and niacin
Q2Can almonds help weight management?
A In a test conducted in 2015, 52 adult were asked to consumer one handful of almonds every day in addition to their usual meals for 3 months. According to the article published in a Journal of the American Heart Association, there was decrease in waist circumference, lower body fat, and belly fat of the participants
Q3How can almonds be a part of my weight loss plan?
AAlmonds are a balanced source of energy, and they help you lose weight when consumed properly. An effective strategy is to eat almonds before lunch. You feel fuller on almonds while also reducing your carbohydrate intake. As you may know, carbs are a diet killer
Almond Recipe 13
Nutty and crunchy almonds are a versatile and delicious ingredient for cooking. They taste good on their own, but they also go well with other ingredients. Almonds blend well into many different dishes, whether in long slices or chopped up into fine pieces. They also taste amazing with chocolate and bread, as well as salad or fruit. Did you know that almond milk is more popular than soybean milk in the US? It took up a whopping 60% of the US vegetable milk market in 2014. Almond butter also has a nuttier flavor than peanut butter
Tastes great just as they are. Used as ingredients in many cooking processes, including baking
Shredded into slices. Delightful for dish toppings, especially on salads. Slivered: Cut in long vertical slices. Put on top of cooked food or salads
Cut in long vertical slices. Put on top of cooked food or salads
Amazing when sprinkled on Greek yogurt. Also goes well with ice cream.
Used in sauces and basic ingredients for bakery goods. Also, perfect for frying foods
Almonds make a handy ingredient that I enjoy using the most out of all nuts. I can come up with all kinds of dishes with them. With their nutty flavor and crunchy texture, using almonds in cooking will add layers of flavors to your dishes.
Stir-fried chicken breast and broccoli garnished with almonds
1 chicken breast, 1 boiled sweet potato, 1 tablespoon of chopped almonds, 1/2 head boiled broccoli, 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, 1/2 tablespoon of crushed garlic, small green onion, olive oil, black pepper
How to cook
1. Cut boiled broccoli into serving-sized pieces
2. Cut boiled chicken breast and sweet potato into bite-sized pieces
3. Pour olive oil into a pan and stir-fry chicken breast, sweet potato and crushed garlic
4. Once chicken breast is cooked, sauté parboiled broccoli, oyster sauce and chopped almonds
5. Put in a bowl and garnish with sliced green onion and black pepper
Almonds and avocados
A harmony of crunchy almonds and soft, creamy avocados
How to cookCut avocado into thin slices. Eat with whole almonds.
Dried cherry tomatoes and almonds
A harmony of almonds rich in vitamins B and E with tomatoes rich in vitamins A and C
IngredientsAlmonds, dried cherry tomatoes
How to cookCut dried cherry tomatoes into halves. Place a whole almond on each half.
Blueberry almond milk
A healthy medley of almonds with blueberries, a common antioxidant food
Ingredients1 cup whole almonds, 2 cups water, a pinch of salt, 1 vanilla bean, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (4 servings)
How to cookSoaked almonds in water for at least 8 hours. Peel the almonds. Put water and vanilla bean in a blender, and blend. Sift using a sieve and apply salt. The almond milk becomes softer the more you sift it. Blend almond milk with lemon juice and blueberries
Almonds and Korean popcorn
Has an extremely nutty flavor, perfect for a movie. Low-calorie snack
IngredientsKorean popcorn, whole almonds
How to cookFully mix Korean snack with whole almonds
Almonds and dried persimmons
A harmonious texture of almonds and chewy dried persimmons
IngredientsAlmonds and dried persimmons
How to cookSlice dried persimmons into bite-sized pieces. Put an almond on top of each piece
Greek yogurt honey almonds
A simple, healthy drink with a light taste
IngredientsGreek yogurt, honey, almonds
How to cookPut almonds and honey into Greek yogurt according to your taste
Almonds and sweet pumpkin
Harmonious delight created by sweet pumpkin and almonds
IngredientsSteamed sweet pumpkin, sweet pumpkin soup, almonds
How to cookAdd almonds into steamed sweet pumpkin and sweet pumpkin soup
Grilled shrimp and zucchini noodles garnished with almonds
The taste and texture of almonds add flavor to zucchini noodles
Ingredients: Lemon basil dressing, zucchini, zucchini noodles, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, almonds
IngredientsSteamed sweet pumpkin, sweet pumpkin soup, almonds
How to cookMake dressing with lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, black pepper, garlic, basil, and sliced almonds. Pan-fry shrimp and zucchini sliced like spaghetti noodles. Add flavor with salt, black pepper and lemon basil dressing.
Almond apple cheese canapé
Simple finger food with a mix of fruit, cheese and nuts
IngredientsApples, brie cheese, almonds
How to cookCut apples and brie cheese into triangles. Lay out the apple pieces on a plate, and top them with brie cheese and almonds.
Almond milk, almond butter, maple syrup
Nutty almonds eaten cold
Ingredients아몬드 밀크, 아몬드 버터, 메이플시럽
How to cookMix ingredients thoroughly. Adjust sweetness according to taste. Mix bananas, strawberries or blueberries to make almond ice bars in all kinds of flavors.
Hotteok, hoppang, almonds
The refreshing texture of crunchy almonds combined with sweet hoppang and hotteok
Ingredients호떡, 호빵, 아몬드
How to cookEat hotteok and hoppang with almonds. You can also cut almonds into thin slices and put them on hotteok
Greater flavor by deep-frying with onions and spices
IngredientsAlmonds, onions, garlic, parsley, red peppers, coriander, cumin, baking powder, water, flour, salt, yogurt, olive oil, egg whites
How to cookAdd spices and salt to 250g of almonds and 80g of onions, and mix in a blender. Make ball-shaped pieces and deep-fry in oil. Serve with dressing made of yogurt, crushed garlic, crushed mint, salt, and peeled cucumbers
The planet is desperate to save the honeybees.
Honey is the first thing that comes to our minds when we think of bees. But they actually do something more important than just make honey. Thanks to bees, plants are pollinated and bear fruit. In fact, a third of what we eat comes from pollination by bees. Even ice cream makers are worried that without honeybees, they won’t be able to produce cherry, lemon or apple flavors. According to most accounts, Albert Einstein predicted that “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years to left to live.” The German physicist’s fear is not without merit. The population of bees is rapidly decreasing, which is causing concern. The honeybee population dropped by over 30% between 2006-2007 in the US, which coined the term Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) to describe the problem. The honeybee population decreased by 28% in the winter of 2015-2016 as well. Global warming can be a cause, but the precise reason is yet to be determined. The Almond Board of California is donating $2 million every year toward research on honeybees, making efforts to prevent the extinction of bees and protect the ecosystem.
About 1/3 of the nutrients that humans take in are from foods created by honeybees.
80% of all crops are dependent on honeybees.
Total economic value created by honeybees.
Money invested by the Almond Board of California every year for the stability of honeybees and the ecosystem.
Einstein “Mankind will have four years left to live."