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Plural: almendras

Language: Spanish

Description: Almond. Generally speaking the almond is the kernel of the fruit of the almond although it sometimes refers to the "almond" of the peach or apricot. The almond is closely related to the plum, peach and apricot. The almond is a lozenge-shaped nut with a pale, biscuit-coloured pitted shell. The nut itself is pale creamy-yellow with dark tan, papery skin. There are two types: bitter almonds, containing Prussic acid, and sweet almonds. Of these, Jordan and Alicante almonds are thought to be the finest. It is also a name for a caramel almond nougat.

Almonds flanked by ground and flaked almonds, with thanks to the excellent Arjuna on Mill Road in Cambridge

Pronounced: ahl-MEHN-drah
Latin: Prunus amygdalus
Ethnicity: Latin American, Mexican, Spanish
Most frequent country: Latin America, Mexico, Spain

See places: Spanish food and cuisine, Mexican food and cuisine

See foods and dishes: almendras

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