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Celebrate a versatile nut with recipes for National Almond Day

February 16, 2017

Today is National Almond Day, a day to grab a high-protein snack or try some interesting recipes featuring this versatile tree nut. How about some almond vegan sushi? Or some almond mahi-mahi fishsticks? You can consume almonds in so many forms: whole — raw or roasted — blanched, chopped, sliced and slivered. Almonds are turned into flour, paste, butter, oil, milk and meal. The Almond Board of California points out that almonds are mentioned in the Old Testament. In the book of Numbers, almonds grow out of a staff carried by Aaron. Almonds were used a wedding gift in ancient Rome. Almond trees flourished in Spain, Greece, Israel and Morocco, the board’s history web page says, and found their way from Spain to California with Franciscan priests. Over the past couple of decades, almond products such as almond milk and butter have exploded in popularity. According to the USDA, an ounce of whole almonds (about 23 nuts) contains 164 calories, 14 grams of fat (1 gram saturated), 6 grams each of protein and carbohydrate, and 3 grams of fiber. They also offer calcium and iron....

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