What's in an almond?
Almonds are high in dietary fiber, protein, calcium and magnesium, according to the USDA nutrition facts for a one-cup serving.* They're also a good source of potassium and iron.*
History of the beautiful almond
Originally from central and southwest Asia, almonds became the perfect trail food for the long journeys of nomadic tribes.* Wild stands of almond trees grew near the Silk Road trade route that connected central China with the Mediterranean. By 4000 B.C., people were cultivating almond trees, which blossomed well in the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
The Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm. And widely used by Italian artists, the distinctive oval of the kernel forms a halo depicted in many renaissance paintings, frescoes and friezes, to signify spiritual energy. The halo was referred to as a mandorla, the Italian word for almond.