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Monday, 1 August 2011

Almond

Almonds and peaches are both members of the rose flower family or rosaceae family.

The origins of the almond go back a long, long way. It’s mentioned in Genesis 43:11 where it is described as “among the best” and nine additional times in the Bible.

On his deathbed Francis Of Assisi asked a dear friend, Lady Jacob to bring him some almond cakes.

The 16th century mystic and Carmelite order reformer, St Teresa of Avila,taught that “almonds are good for girls who do not eat meat.”

Almond Blossoms is an 1890 painting by Vincent van Gogh of blossoming almond trees made to celebrate the birth of his nephew and namesake, son of his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo.

Almond Blossoms is an 1890 painting by Vincent van Gogh 

Wild almonds are poisonous. The kernel produces deadly cyanide upon mechanical handling, and eating even a few dozen in one sitting can be fatal.

It takes about a gallon of water to grow one almond,

California produces over 80 percent of the world's almonds.


Close to one million bee hives, which is about 50% of the USA's total number of bee hives, are used to pollinate California’s almond groves.

Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds 

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