ALMONDS: Nut just your everyday snack

A warm hello from Fat Uncle Farms! With the majority of the staff heading off to Portugal in a couple of weeks, the kitchen is as busy as ever. And don’t fret – despite the fact that a few key players will be m.i.a. for a few weeks, Fat Uncle will still be making weekly appearances at the local Farmer’s Markets. Aside from the usual kitchen commotion, tasty new concoctions are constantly being experimented into creation; all definitely worthy of at least sampling next time you stop by the stand!

In other news….
When conversation veers towards occupation, many are shocked to hear that all of my time is devoted solely to almonds. What about peanuts? Cashews? Pistachios? Well, the answer is simple. Almonds rock. Not only are they delicious – they’re fascinating. From the bustling city streets of Japan, where neon-clad, spiky-haired hipster teenagers enjoy snacking on a combination of dried sardines and silvered almonds, to the breathtaking coasts of California, where nearly 80% of the world’s almonds are produced, everyone’s favorite munchin’ nut remains one of the most versatile and cherished vessels of health and tastiness across the globe. Here are some fun, nutty facts that may convince of just how awesome almonds are:

– Almonds, actually a stone fruit, are related to peaches, plums, and cherries

– It takes 1000 pounds of almonds to make just 1 pint of almond oil

– Almonds were a key ingredient in breads served to Egypt’s pharaohs

Group of Franciscan Friars. Santa Barbara Mission Steps, circa 1870-1906

– The almond tree was first brought to California in the mid-1700’s by the Franciscan Padres from Spain

– One ounce of almonds contains 12% of our daily protein needs – (almonds ARE the most nutrient rich nut, after all)

– Almonds contain boron, which is proven to lower prostate cancer risk

– Including almonds into your daily diet is proven to keep your heart, blood, and skin healthy

The list of nutritional benefits and rich historical past goes on and on. Almonds, which made several guest appearances in the Bible, traveled China via the “Silk Road”, and eventually sailed the seven seas finding their home in sunny California, continue to live up to their name as America’s favorite nut. Until next time, have a beautiful week, we look forward to seeing you at the Farmer’s Markets!

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