In a Nutshell – Everything you need to know about almonds Recipe
The waistline-friendly snack has enough health benefits and uses to land it a coveted spot on our list of healthiest foods.
Soaked overnight and peeled and eaten in the morning, tossed with a salad or roasted for a snack, almonds add game-changing flavour and a hefty dose of vital nutrients to your diet.
Grown since 300 BC, today almonds are available in different varieties and are grown all over the world.
But how can you tell one from the other, and more importantly – identify which one is the right one for you?
The right nut to crack
Mamra Almonds – Mamra almonds grow in Afghanistan, Iran and Middle East and account for just 4% of all almonds grown in the world. They are smaller than other varieties with a petal-like shape. But what sets them apart from the Californians and Gurbandis is the method of production. Mamras are cultivated organically without using chemicals and are usually sold in their almost natural state. They are a potent energy booster and are prized for the high level of nutrition they contain.
California Almonds – Because California almonds are pasteurised, the intense heat reduces some of their healthy oils. The processing also makes California Almonds sweeter, making them a good option for cooking and garnishing.
Gurbandi Almonds – Also known as choti giri, Gurbandis are imported from Afghanistan. They are antioxidant-rich and high in omega 3 and vitamin E and perfect for snacking.
Heart to heart with Almonds
A high-fat food that’s good for your health? If that sounds too good to be true, you haven’t heard what almonds can do for you.
Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same health-promoting fats that are found in olive oil. They’ve long been known to boost heart health and reduce bad cholesterol in the body. These good fats improve lipid profile, while the plant sterols in almonds reduce the body’s absorption of cholesterol. They are also rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects.
Fortunately, the delicately flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savory dishes.
Almond milk is rapidly gaining popularity and is a godsend for the vegan diet. This dairy-free milk can be used in coffee, smoothies, over your cereals and is now even used to make vegan cheese.
A cousin of peanut butter but richer in nutrition, almond butter is the latest spread showing up on toast, pancakes and waffles. Add a generous spoonful to your smoothie bowls, bakes and crackers. Combine it with cream cheese to make a nutty dip or with sriracha to make an Asian-style dipping sauce for dim sums.
To preserve its delicate flavor, almond oil should be treated as more of a finishing oil, added just before your meal is served. While you can cook with almond oil, its low smoking point makes it unsuitable for frying and grilling as high heat will mar the subtle nuances of a quality, cold-pressed oil.
It is better whipped into salad dressings and is also widely used in baking to add nutty, toasty flavour to cakes, cookies, muffins or cinnamon buns. Just replace a 1/4 cup of the vegetable oil or butter in your recipe with almond oil.
Almonds in the kitchen
This versatile superfood has limitless uses in the kitchen. Use it as an alternative to breadcrumbs to crumb-fry asparagus, chops and more. Fold it into a summer pesto, or toss it into salads as a replacement for croutons. You can use almond meal to thicken sauces. Roast it and add seasonings like as za’taar, sumac, sesame and honey to make dukkah, a unique Eqyptian dip.
Visit the World of Nuts at a Foodhall near you to sample and choose from our range of the finest almonds in the world and take home a jar of freshly ground almond butter today. You can also get them home delivered by calling + 91 80950-31111