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name for a small tree (Prunus amygdalus) of the family Rosaceae (roserose,
common name for some members of the Rosaceae, a large family of herbs, shrubs, and trees distributed over most of the earth, and for plants of the genus Rosa, the true roses.
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 family) and for the nutlike, edible seed of its drupe fruit. The "nuts" of sweet-almond varieties are eaten raw or roasted and are pressed to obtain almond oil. Bitter-almond varieties also yield oil, from which the poisonous prussic acid is removed in the extraction process. Almond oil is used for flavoring, in soaps and cosmetics, and medicinally as a demulcent. The tree, native to central Asia and perhaps the Mediterranean, is now cultivated principally in the Middle East, Italy, Spain, Greece, and (chiefly the sweet varieties) California, which now produces over 70% of the world crop. It closely resembles the peach, of which it may be an ancestor, except that the fruit is fleshless. The flowering almonds (e.g., P. triloba) are pink- to white-blossomed shrubs also native to central Asia; like the similar and closely related pink-blossomed almond, they are widely cultivated as ornamentals. Several Asian types are known as myrobalan, a name applied also to the cherry plum, with which flowering almonds are sometimes hybridized. The beauty of the almond in bud, blossom, and fruit gave motif to sacred and ornamental carving. In the Middle East the tree breaks into sudden bloom in January, and in some of the region it has come to symbolize beauty and revival. The rod of Aaron in the Bible (see Aaron's-rodAaron's-rod,
popular name for several tall-flowering, infrequently branching plants, such as goldenrod and mullein. The name is an allusion to the rod that Aaron placed before the ark and that miraculously blossomed and bore almonds.
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) bore almonds. Almonds are classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Rosaceae.
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Look like unripe small green pointy peaches- inside the fuzzy "peach" is a stone and inside the stone is the "almond" kernel. Almonds are not really a nut- they are a seed. You can live off almonds indefinitely. Almonds are highly nutritious, rich in almost all the elements needed by body. Almonds are one of the only alkaline nuts. They inhibit tumor cell growth, good source of vit E and magnesium, fiber, calcium, iron. The outer fleshy part is edible also- the best time is when the fruit is still young and the insides haven’t hardened yet.

almond

[′ä·mənd]
(botany)
Prunus amygdalus. A small deciduous tree of the order Rosales; it produces a drupaceous edible fruit with an ellipsoidal, slightly compressed nutlike seed.

almond

An aureole of elliptical form.

almond

symbol of the Virgin Mary’s innocence. [O.T.: Numbers 17: 1–11; Art: Hall, 14]
See: Purity

almond

1. a small widely cultivated rosaceous tree, Prunus amygdalus, that is native to W Asia and has pink flowers and a green fruit containing an edible nutlike seed
2. 
a. a pale yellowish-brown colour
b. (as adjective): an almond shirt
3. 
a. yellowish-green colour
b. (as adjective)
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A few months ago, I was selling 7kg of unshelled almonds on 2,500 Afghanis (US$55) but due to large-scale imports of almonds from other countries over the past six months now I am selling the same quantity of almonds on 2,000 Afghanis," said Mustafa, a dry fruits vendor in the northern Mazar-e-Sharrif city.
Dean Foods' White Wave subsidiary launched PureAlmond, sold under its Silk brand, which is more usually associated with soymilk, while the California nut co-operative Blue Diamond Growers has its AlmondBreeze range, made using its own almonds.
High in monounsaturated fats, dietary fiber and phytosterols, almonds are linked to lower risk of heart disease due to their cholesterol-lowering effects, as well as the antioxidant effects of vitamin E.
From the beginning, the association worked to expand the market for California almonds by pioneering new almond processing and manufacturing technologies.
The following year, Dargitz--who had been hired to manage the fledgling cooperative--reported: "We have sold 600 tons of unshelled almonds and 177 tons of shelled almonds.
The new almonds have many of the same characteristics of Nonpareil, which has been grown in California since the 1880s and accounts for 37 percent of all almonds grown in the state.
Heat destroys prussic acid, making bitter almonds safe to consume once they are baked or toasted.
This study complements the nine clinical studies on almonds already in existence, demonstrating how almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat, can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Simultaneously, almond shipments set new records yet again in June, with new monthly highs recorded for both domestic and export shipments.
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Although almonds have been cultivated and enjoyed for thousands of years (even King Tut took some into the afterlife with him), in recent decades these delicious tree nuts have suffered in popularity, falling victim to overzealous diet gurus who declared all nuts to be prohibitively high in fat.
ISLAMABAD -- Eating a moderate amount of almonds daily can enrich the diets of adults and young children, said a new study.