Almonds are the seed of Almond tree, of Rosaceae family. It grows up tpo 10 m (33 ft) in height, and its fruit is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed (which is not a true nut) inside. Almonds can be eat fresh in spring, or dried all around the year. Here in Italy, since the early XX century, Sicily has been was famous for its almonds, with at least 700 varieties, exported around the world. Today some of those varieties are disappearing, because of the reduction of cultivable fields.
In ancient times, almonds were also considered a great remedy against constipation. They were also used to treat bowel and and bladder diseases.
In cooking, they’re considered an highly nourishing and balanced food. They reccommend to eat almond food to people who need much energy, like pregnant women, sportsmen, intellectuals and convalescent people. They are thought to mitigate the risk of heart attack, and thanks to their monounsaturated fat, they contribute to protect against cardiovascular diseases.
Fun fact: almonds are considered useful against bowel, pulmunary and urogenitale inflammation. Inside them there is an enzyme that helps to digest cereals and starch. They also have a good content of iron, calcium and vitamin A.