Almonds

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Raw almonds

While the almond is most often eaten on its own, raw or toasted, it is used in some dishes. It, along with other nuts, is often sprinkled over desserts, particularly sundaes and other ice cream based dishes. It is also used in making baklava and nougat. There is also almond butter, a spread similar to peanut butter, popular with peanut allergy sufferers and for its less salty taste. The young, developing fruit of the almond tree can also be eaten as a whole ("green almonds"), when it is still green and fleshy on the outside, and the inner shell has not yet hardened. The fruit is somewhat sour, and is available only from mid April to mid June; pickling or brining extends the fruit's shelf life. A popular snack in parts of the Middle East, they're eaten dipped in salt to balance the sour taste.

Marzipan is a popular confection that made from ground almonds and sugar.

Bitter almonds

Bitter almonds are from a different variety of almond. Bitter almonds contain a very small amount of lethal hydrogen cyanide, which has to be removed prior to sale and consumption

What is the difference between almond extract and almond essence?

Almond extract is a natural product made from the oil of almonds, usually bitter almonds. It has a superior flavour to almond extract but is more expensive and can be difficult to find. Health food shops usually stock almond extract.

Almond essence is usually made from artificial flavourings and is therefore .

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The almond is one of many edible nuts.

How much does one cup of almonds weigh?

Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:

Ingredient US Cups Grams Ounces
Almonds shelled, whole
1
150 grams > 5 ounces
Almonds chopped or flaked
1
75 grams 3 ounces
Almonds ground
1
150 grams > 5 ounces

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