Almond Trees

Almond trees

Almond trees

Here in Southern Spain, end of January means that almond trees,  starts to flamboyantly display their esquisite flowers over the endless fields of emerald green. Incredible show of pale pink of white blooms, start to buzz, literally, as bees go to work pollinating blossoms. If you live in the country side like us, it is impossible to miss this magnificent exhibit of beauty that last around three weeks. The flowers of the tree, introduced for the first time in the Iberian peninsula by the Phoenicians, display a beautiful sight. Almonds trees were domesticated at least by 3000 BC, and perhaps much earlier and  are an integral part of life in Andalucia. While in the country side the trees present a spectacular landscape, in the Andalusian kitchens the tasty nuts are used for creamy soups, sauces and desserts. In some countries, such at the United States, almonds are required to be pasteurized so we are fortunate to be able to get the real thing. Personally I love this delectable and nourishing nut and every summer we purchase a couple of sacks of raw, natural, unprocessed  almonds from our neighbor Antonio to munch in the long and cold winter nights. 

Almond trees

Almond trees

 With the economic crisis in the last years, many Spaniards have come to realize that a more sustainable approach to rural life is the way to go in the future. Olive and almond trees, once neglected in the construction boom years are once again becoming part of local life. It is enchanting to see new plantations being set out along the hills and fields or old ones being brought back to life with loving and tender care. Almonds are finally getting their time in the sun, being praised as one of the true miracle foods that nature has to offer. Is being said that just a handful of these tiny treats may even reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, they are an excellent source of vitamin E, and powerful antioxidant. But for more facts, here is a great article about this amazing nut. 

Almond trees

Almond trees

 

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