Almond is a small deciduous tree, growing between 4 and 10 metres in height, with a trunk of up to 30 centimetres in diameter.
While the almond is most often eaten on its own, raw or toasted, it is used in some dishes. The fruit is somewhat sour, and is available only from mid April to mid June; pickling or brining extends the fruit’s shelf life.
A popular snack in parts of the Middle East, they’re eaten dipped in salt to balance the sour taste.
The sweet almond itself contains practically no carbohydrates and may therefore be made into flour for cakes and cookies for low carbohydrate diets or for patients suffering from diabetes mellitus or any other form of glycosuria.