Nutritionally dense almonds are often eaten on their own, raw or toasted as snacks, but also add an extra something to a number of almond recipes.
Almonds come in many different forms including whole, sliced (flaked, slivered), and as flour that can all be used in sweet and savoury cooking.
From traditional Easter bread to sweet sliced treats and chef inspired creations, take a look at these almond recipes listed below and see just how this elegant nut elevates sweet and savoury cooking.
What are almonds and their characteristics?
Almonds are what are known as drupes, the fruit of the almond tree consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed. They are not, strictly speaking, nuts. Almond trees are native to Iran and the Levant, but flourish in a mild Mediterranean climate and are cultivated all over the world — California produces more than half the planet’s supply. Almonds are predominantly sweet, but some trees produce seeds that are more bitter. Almonds are a good source of protein and contain a number of vitamins and minerals.
Almond Easter bread
A special homemade bread to prepare for Easter, a tradition common in a number of different cultures: here is an easy recipe for sweet almond bread, a mouth-watering type of bread usually prepared for Easter.
A vegan recipe and simple way to make almond milk at home for breakfast. A fantastic alternative to dairy milk and one of the most popular nut milks around. Try making your own here.
Corn couscous with smoked almond curds, dried zucchini flowers and vegetables