Native to the Middle East, almonds are actually edible seeds from the almond tree, Prunus dulcis. Cultivated mainly in the US, this favourite among nuts is more popular today than it's ever been due to the developing taste for almond milk, almond butter and almond flour.
Almonds are one of the most abundant food sources of vitamin E, boasting heart and skin health properties.
Another boon to almonds is that they contain a significant amount of magnesium, the mineral required for over 300 processes in the body, and one which 7/10 women and 4/10 men aged 19-50 having magnesium intakes well below the NRV (Nutritional Reference Value).
Due to the low carbohydrate content and high fibre credentials of almonds they make the ideal snack for anyone watching their weight - fibre is shown to satiate hunger by keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
*A small handful of Almond flakes is approximately 161 calories.
The delicious crunchiness of whole almonds can sometimes be a tough nut to crack " Flaked Almonds are gentler on teeth but still deliver a nutritious punch.
Flaked Almonds are easily incorporated into your daily diet by simply making them a topping to yoghurt, muesli, salads or added to curries, cakes or smoothies. Want to have a go at making your own almond milk? Click here for our recipe.
Make it: Marzipan
Although the origin of marzipan is debated, it is a common sweet treat adored across the globe, particularly at Christmas time and weddings. To make marzipan is easy, why not have a go€¦
250g Flaked Almonds, ground
125g caster sugar
1 (or 2) medium egg yolk
125g powdered sugar (icing sugar)
Mix together all the dry ingredients. Add the egg yolk and bring the mixture together into a smooth, stiff dough (you may need a little more egg yolk if the mixture doesn't come together too well). Put the dough into an air-tight container and store in the fridge until required. Use within a week or freeze.