Interesting Facts

The different types of foods and non-food items where almonds are an ingredient are endless.

Food: Almonds are primarily used in cooking and baking.  Almonds are used in almond milk,Almond heart cookies. almond oil, and the actual almond fruit itself can be eaten.  When the seed of an almond is eaten, it is usually roasted or toasted. **Note that excessive consumption of almonds is unhealthy.  Almonds produce a poison called hydrogen cyanide, which actually gives them their flavor.  In small amounts it can be considered helpful, but if consumed in excess can cause respiratory failure or even death.

You can use almonds in just about anything.  A common almond dessert is almond cookie hearts.  The recipe for which is as follows:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup whole natural (unblanched) almonds
Sliced or slivered almonds, red hots or M&Ms, or red sprinkles for decorating
Preheat oven to 375°F.  Cream butter with sugar, blending until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg, flour, baking powder and vanilla.  Grind almonds stop-and-go fashion in electric blender or use food processor.  Divide dough in halves.  Roll dough out on a floured surface until 1/8 inch thick.  Cut into hearts (or other shapes as desired).  Decorate by pressing almonds or candies gently into dough, or shaking on sprinkles.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 7 to 8 minutes, just until edges start to turn golden.  Makes 4 to 5 dozen cookies, depending on size. 
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Medical:  When almonds are used medically the seed is what is typically consumed.  The consumption (in medical area) is used to treat kidney stones, gallstones, constipation, stimulates respiration, improves digestion, and helps the body's overall health and well-being.  The most interesting medical impact, is that of the almond seed contains a form of Vitamin B which has a positive effect on the treatment of cancer.  Research continues to prove this effect. 


Almond Oil.

Almond Body Lotion.  You will be surprised to know almonds are used in many hygiene products you use on a day-to-day basis.  They are used in soaps, cosmetics, and the almond oil made from almonds is used as a great skin moisturizer.  The oil can also be used as a relaxing aromatherapy. 


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