The delicately flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year, and makes a healthy and tasty addition to sweet or savory dishes. Although packaged almonds are available year-round, they are the freshest at the height of their season midway through summer.
The almonds we eat are technically the seeds contained in the fruit of the almond tree. A medium-sized tree bearing fragrant pink and white flowers, almond trees are similar to peach, cherry, and apricot trees in that it bears fruit containing stone-like seeds (AKA pits). The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.
Nine Health Benefits of Almonds
Reduce the risk of heart attack
Lower 'bad' cholesterol
Protect artery walls in the heart from damage
Build strong bones and teeth
Provide healthy fats to aid in weight loss
Lower blood sugar and insulin after meals
Improve brain function
Nourish the nervous system
Alkalize the body