Saturday, March 14, 2009
An almond blossom looks a lot like a peach or apricot blossom. In fact they are from the same family. They make a peach or apricot looking fruit but the almond is inside the pit. There are certain varieties of an apricot or peach that you can eat the pit nut. I'm hoping we will have some this year. The only year we have had almonds, I didn't know how to dry them to be able to to get the nut out. Well I put them in the oven. Bad idea!!! They are coated with a kind of glue that when heated fuse the nut shut so tight that even the squirrels won't eat them. They made good gravel in our driveway instead. So if we have any this year, I'm going to try to find out how to dry them to make them easy to shell.
On a note about nuts. Nuts are good for you in moderation. The nutrients in nuts promote overall health in a variety of different ways. Research has shown that nut eaters can actually help lower their cholesterol by substituting nuts for foods higher in saturated fat as part of a low fat, low cholesterol diet. With their unique combination of fats, carbohydrates and proteins, along with a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, nuts can fit perfectly into a healthy diet that is calorie balanced for weight maintenance