Although commonly called a nut in culinary terms, in botanical terms, an almond is not a true nut.
The almond fruit is a drupe 3.5–6 cm long, with a downy outer coat. The outer covering is a leathery grey-green coating called the hull (unlike the fleshy covering of other members of Prunus such as the plum and cherry), which contains inside a hard shell and the edible seed.
Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E, containing 24 mg per 100 g. They are also rich in monounsaturated fat, one of the two "good" fats responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol.
Claimed health benefits of almonds include improved complexion, improved movement of food through the colon (feces) and the prevention of cancer. Recent research associates the inclusion of almonds in the diet with elevating the blood levels of high density lipoproteins and of lowering the levels of low density lipoproteins.
A controlled trial showed that 73g of almonds in the daily diet reduced LDL cholesterol by as much as 9.4%, reduced the LDL:HDL ratio by 12.0%, and increased HDL-cholesterol (i.e., the good cholesterol) by 4.6%.
In Ayurveda, an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent, almond is considered a nutritive for brain and nervous system. It is said to induce high intellectual level and longevity. Almond oil is called Roghan Badam in both Ayurveda and Tibb Yunani طب يوناني (the Greco-Persian System of Medicine). It is extracted by cold process and is considered a nutritive aphrodisiac both for massage and internal consumption. Recent studies have shown that the constituents of almond have anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting, and anti-hepatotoxicity effects.
In a study printed in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, experts discovered that almonds contain phenolics and flavonoids in their skins analogous to those of certain fruits and vegetables. For instance, a one-ounce helping of almonds holds a similar quantity of total polyphenol as ½ cup of cooked broccoli.
|Nutrition Facts |
|Serving Size (100 g) |
|Amount Per Serving |
|Calories 578 || |
| || % Daily Value * |
|Total Fat 51g ||77% |
|Saturated Fat 4g ||19% |
|Cholesterol 0g ||0% |
|Sodium 1mg ||0% |
|Total Carbohydrate 20g ||6% |
|Dietary Fiber 12g ||8% |
|Sugars 5g || |
|Protein 21g ||42% |
|Vitamin A ||0% |
|Vitamin C ||0% |
|Calcium ||24% |
|Iron ||23% |
| * The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA. |
Whole almonds are usually packed in 50 lbs. but they could be pack with any packing. Whole almonds are available in different sizes, such as 18/20, 20/22, 23/25, 27/30 NP’s are the most popular variety because of their light color. Other varieties are also available. All other Almonds are packed in 25 Lbs.