National Almond Day
Almonds are a small, bite-sized nut that is commonly used in snack and breakfast recipes. Most likely, you have tried almonds before. Did you know that there’s an entire day dedicated to almond celebrations? National Almond Day is an occasion for foodies to celebrate.
History and food historians agree that almonds were among the first foods to be cultivated by man. Almonds have been mentioned in history since the beginning of time. While it is not clear where almonds originated, they were first cultivated in China and Central Asia.
The Silk Road was a long journey between Asia and Europe that saw explorers eat almonds. The trees started to grow as explorers settled in the Mediterranean region. Many of the trees grew throughout Europe and eventually became clustered in Spain or Italy.
Almonds made it to America in the mid-1700s. According to historians, they arrived on the trade ship that was brought from Spain by Franciscan Padres. They died quickly in America because the soil and cultivation knowledge required to keep them alive were not sufficient. Almond trees were not successfully grown in America until the 1800s. California’s largest almond producers were the San Joaquin and Sacramento areas by the end of 1800.
Almonds can be used to symbolize many things today. The Bible tells of the rod that bore almonds and how it blossomed. This makes them a sacred religious symbol. Almonds were given to friends and family by the Romans as fertility charms. These gifts were often given at weddings. As a sign of wealth and happiness, guests are often presented with sugared or frosted almonds at American weddings.
Almonds have many health benefits that will please those who aren’t convinced. Almonds are rich in fiber which promotes digestion and can help you to build good bacteria in your gut. Almonds are good for your skin, even if they’re not edible. Almond oil and almond lotions can be used to moisturize dry, flaky or irritated skin.
A conditioner or shampoo containing almonds can give your hair a shine boost. The benefits of almonds in lowering your risk for heart disease have been proven! This little nut is great for quick snacks, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.
Almonds’ nutrients have been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce your chance of developing diabetes. Almonds are well-known for their high levels of vitamin E, which reduces cholesterol and aids in weight loss.
Although the origins of National Almond Day may not be clear, today is National Almond Day! Even the day has its own website! The site says that this day celebrates food that’s “good for your heart.” Good for your waistline. Good for your skin. You can do so much with almonds.
National Almond Day is a celebration of all things almond. This is a great idea, considering their many benefits. There are many ways to celebrate almond day. A pack of almonds can be a great way to celebrate. There are many flavors available for almonds. If you’re bored of the plain ones, try a different flavor. You can try flavored almonds that are smoked, honey roasted or jalapeno, ranch, barbecue, or even ranch!
You don’t have to eat almonds every day. Instead, celebrate almonds in all their forms. You can treat yourself and your body with an almond-based shampoo, lotion, or perfume.
Do you want to spread almond love to others? You might bake a dessert or dinner using almonds. This can be served to your family or shared with a friend. To make a delicious snack, you can bake the almonds with sugar, sesame seeds or spices. Green beans and other vegetables can be cooked with sliced almonds and herbs for dinner. Are you looking to spice up your dinner meat dishes?
For a unique flavor and crunch, try coating chicken, pork, and salmon with almond flour or chopped almond coating. Make almond marzipan and almond flour cakes for dessert. Are you a vegan or lactose-allergic family member? You can drink almond milk, or find amazing vegan recipes that use almonds in place of animal products.
No matter what your preference, you can enjoy plain almonds. There are many ways to celebrate almonds.