Who would have thought – a national day to celebrate the almond! Well, February 16th, in the midst of February being National Heart Healthy month, is National Almond Day. Let’s celebrate! Almonds are one of our favorite nuts to snack on, especially mid-day when we need a boost of energy! Goji Buzz’s favorite variety is the organic roasted and unsalted almond…yumm! Almonds make a perfect snack, especially when coupled with goji berries (okay, we may be biased ;) They make a nice crunch to compliment the sweetness of the goji berry.

Whether you are eating almonds raw, roasted, salted, green with sea salt (traditional to Iran), cooked in a curry or badam halva (traditional in India), in an almond macaroon (traditional in Italy), as a wedding sweet (traditional in Greece), with hot milk (traditional in China), as almond paste or fried (traditional in Morocco), or ground into an almond milk, they are such a treat for the healthy of your body. Goji Gourmet even makes a delicious Goji Almond Oat cookie that you can buy at your neighborhood store.

According to the Almond Board of California, a one-ounce handful of almonds a day may be good for your heart and help maintain a healthy cholesterol level. A serving, which is about 23 almonds, contains only 1 gram of saturated fat but 13 grams of heart-friendly unsaturated fat. Other heart healthy nutrients found in the nuts are fiber, potassium, calcium, and iron. Almonds are also a satisfying snack because they contain protein. The Almond Board of California is offering convenient single-serving tins to hold almonds at their website www.almondsarein.com. Source: Calorie Lab

7 FUN FACTS ABOUT ALMONDS:

  1. Have you ever seen an almond in it’s natural green state from the tree?
    Goji Almond Oat cookies contain almonds

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  2. The word “almond” comes from Old French almande or alemande, Late Latin amandola, derived through a form amingdolouhha from the Greek αμυγδαλη (cf amygdala), an almond. The al- in English, for the a- used in other languages may be due a confusion with the Arabic article al, the word having first dropped the a- as in the Italian form mandorla; the British pronunciation ah-mond and the modern Catalan ametlla and modern French amande show a form of the word closer to the original.
  3. Global production of almonds is around 1.7 million tonnes, with a low of 1 million tonnes in 1995 and a peak of 1.85 million tonnes in 2002 according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) figures; world production of almonds was 1.76 million tonnes in 2006.
  4. Historians generally agree that almonds and dates, both mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, were among the earliest cultivated foods.
  5. According to superstition: If you eat almonds before taking a drink, you will reduce your chances of getting drunk and avoid having a hangover.
  6. In classical times, the Romans distributed sugared almonds as gifts to great men at public and private events.
  7. It takes 1000 pounds of almonds to make 1 pint of almond oil.

HAPPY NATIONAL ALMOND DAY! Enjoy!