ALMOND

lat. Prunus amygdalus
hrv. Badem 

Almond is species of tree native to the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent and North Africa, it belongs to the genus Prunus and is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus

History and Origin

The almond is native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East.  It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa all the way to  southern Europe.

Properties

The almond is a nutritionally dense food and is a rich source of the B vitamins riboflavin and niacin as well as vitamin E, and the essential minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.

Candied Almonds

A healthy low calorie alternative to chocolate brownies. 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ready in : 35 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup of sugar
60 gramsof almonds

Instructions

  • Combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil; add the almonds.
  • Cook and stir the mixture until the liquid evaporates and leaves a syrup-like coating on the almonds.
  • Pour the almonds onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper.
  • Separate almonds using forks. Allow to cool about 15 minutes.

Tips and notes

Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Recipe from: http://allrecipes.com