The almond, Prunus dulcis, is from the family Rosaceae and is closely related to apricots, cherries, peaches and plums. Almonds are native to the region that stretches from Syria to Northern Africa.
The consistency is more like corn meal than wheat flour, and Almond Meal is made from almonds that still have their skins, so you’ll see flecks of the skin in the meal. Almond Meal is easy to use and highly nutritious. In the last several years, it has become a favorite for those on paleo, gluten free and low carb diets, as well as those who prefer foods that are lower on the glycemic index.
Almonds are consumed in many forms – whole, slivered, chopped or ground into a meal or flour, made into almond butter or almond milk and can be eaten raw (also called natural) or roasted. Almonds are very versatile and can play a starring role in both savory and sweet dishes.
Almonds are called Hahng yahn (Cantonese), Bian tao (Mandarin), Badam (Farsi), Amande douce (French), Submandel (German), Mandorla dulce (Italian), Amendoa (Portuguese) and Ammendra (Spanish).