This nut is the kernel of the fruit of the almond tree. Throughout history, almonds have been enjoyed not only for their delicate, versatile flavor and great crunch, but also their legendary healthful properties. Although packaged almonds are available year round, they are the freshest in mid-summer, which is when they are at the height of their season. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, Almonds offer protein, unsaturated fat, dietary fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium.
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