The Ecology of Humans (51-3) Almond


The almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:5, The Bible

The almond tree is native to the Mediterranean climate of the Middle East, extending to India. This deciduous tree is a subgenus of the peach.

As a fruit, almond is a drupe. But most often almonds are shelled, and only the seed is eaten.

Wild almonds are bitter and toxic, owing to cyanide. Domestication rendered this poisonous fruit edible: hence sweet almonds.

Almonds are a superfood. ~ English biologist and nutritionist Helen Griffiths

Almond is nutritionally dense: a rich source vitamins B and E, dietary fiber, healthy fats, and essential minerals, including calcium, potassium, copper, magnesium, and manganese. Almonds help cardiovascular health.