Whole Blanched Almonds from the USA are a healthy and flavorful anytime snack. Blanched Almonds are almonds that have been shelled and heated with hot water to soften and remove the thin skin. They are left with the smooth, creamy colored core of the almond seed.
While almond flavors in general are popular ingredients in many cultures, including Greek, Chinese, Italian, French, Indonesian, and Moroccan; the particular preparation of blanched almonds is especially featured in particular dishes such as Chinese Almond Biscuits, Greek Amygdalota, Italian wedding treats (Jordan Almonds), Moroccan sweet Tajines, and French marzipan pastes. Amygdalota are chewy, flour-less almond biscuits often with sliced almonds or dried cherries on top. Tajines actually encompass many dishes, all of which are made in glazed pottery pots cooked over coals.
Blanched almonds are also ground to a powder to make Almond Flour, where as almonds with the skin are ground to make Almond Meal.
Almonds have a sweet, nutty flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The most flavorful almonds are grown on the coasts of Sicily. Almonds are a healthy ingredient, rich in good fats and protein. The versatile flavors and textures of whole almonds makes cooking with almonds easy.
Blanched Almonds should be stored in a cool dry place at room temperature.
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