Almond

Prunus amygdalus
Rosaceae, Rose Family
Almond
Almond
The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
Jeremiah 1:11-12 NIV
Almond
Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.
Genesis 43:11 NIV

Cultural Information

TypeEdible Tree
Heightabout 20 feet
Soilwell-tilled, loamy soil with good drainage
Exposurefull sun
Leavespointed, oblong, medium green
Flowerslovely, eye-catching, silver dollar-sized, pinkish-white blossoms with central golden-tipped, bright pink stamens. Blooms first among stone fruits.
Fruitvelvety, greenish-brown stone fruits reveal edible almonds inside a dotted shell

Planting Tips

  • hardy to Zone 6, some varieties available to Zone 5
  • late frosts will interfere with almond's early bloom and setting fruits
  • choose a sunny spot with good drainage where you can enjoy seeing the showy spring flowering
  • add compost and mulch around tree base each season
  • plant several trees together for better pollination, minimum 10 feet apart
  • prune branches each season to thin overcrowding and promote strong, central structure
  • almonds are bee-pollinated, a good early spring food source for bees

Garden to Table

  • bring almond branches indoors in late winter for a showy, forced-blossom display in a large vase or jar
  • flowers have an incredible, floral scent, more rose-like than the smell of almond extract
  • set smaller sprigs in petite vases in a row down the center of the table to decorate and add their delicate scent to a dessert or tea
  • find raw, flavored, and sliced almonds in markets - eat all by themselves as hearty snacks or add to many cooked and baked foods
  • spread sliced almonds on a small sheet pan and toast for 2 minutes to bring out their flavor
  • sprinkle sliced, toasted almonds on cooked broccoli, spinach, or other winter greens, as well as in fresh salads, rice pilafs, or chicken salad
  • almonds go well with chocolate! add a layer of the sliced or chopped nuts to the top of brownie batter
  • try almond extract for a tangy zeal in cake and pancake batters, or poppy seed muffins
  • almond milk is now widely available as a substitution for milk and creamer; almond milk over cereal or oatmeal gives a deeper dimension of nutty flavor

Additional Resources

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Almond’s early blossoming in the promised land and neighboring regions earned its reputation for heralding spring, the first tree to announce weather’s warming trend with a showy flowering...The almond branch, shaqed, that Jeremiah could see, represented God seeing or watching, shaqad, his Word being fulfilled (Jeremiah 1:11 – 12)....[watch] the Scriptures as fleeting flowers are matched with God’s Word enduring forever, fully unfolded, displayed and fulfilled (Isaiah 40:8; 1 Peter 1:24 – 25).
-from the NIV God's Word for Gardeners Bible
Almond
Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.
Genesis 43:11 NIV

Photo Credits

© 2014 Shelley S. Cramm Blossoming almond orchard in Kern County, California
© 2014 Shelley S. Cramm Sweet blossoms on an almond branch
© 2015 Shelley S. Cramm Raw almonds ready for snacking
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