Almonds – Prunus amygdalus dulcis

Almonds
Almonds

Almonds were among the earliest cultivated fruits, they appear in the early Bronze Age and were found in Tutankamun’s tomb in Egypt. Early explorers ate almonds as they traveled the Silk Road from China to Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East.

Recent studies have shown that the constituents of almond have anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting, and anti-hepato-toxicity effects. Some of the claimed health benefits include: prevention of osteoporosis, prevention of cancer, improved complexion and improved movement of food through the colon. Almond oil has shown great potential as a cholesterol reducer.

In Aromatherapy almond oil excellent for aging skin and is used as a carrier oil base for therapeutic massage oils and for the dilution of essential oils – is good for all skin types.

Because Almonds contain virtually no carbohydrates when it is made into almond flour it can be used in making bread and cake recipes for carbohydrate restricted diets, like diabetes.

A green dye can be obtained from the leaves. A dark gray to green dye can be obtained from the fruit. A yellow dye is obtained from the roots and leaves.

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