Almonds are one of Australia’s greatest exports, with the volume of almonds exported steadily growing year on year. South Australia alone produces the majority of Australia’s almonds with the states warm dry conditions ensuring almond trees consistently yield premium quality produce which is disease free.
Almonds are the nuts (or seeds) borne from an almond trees fruit (a drupe). At maturity, the flesh of the fruit becomes leathery and splits to reveal the nut which is protected by a hard brown shell.
Almonds are sold shelled or unshelled, pasteurised or non-pasteurised. Every country will have different in-country requirements regarding importation surrounding all nut products. If you are unsure about import requirements please ensure you contact you Fresh Please representative prior to placement of an order.
Almonds may be eaten raw, blanched, or roasted and are commonly used in confectionery baking. In Europe almonds are used to make marzipan, a sweet paste used in pastries and candy, whilst in South East Asia and northern China almonds are often crushed and fried for use in meat, poultry, fish, and vegetarian dishes.
Selecting the best produce
Look for almonds that are uniform in color and not limp or shriveled. In addition, smell the almonds. Shelled almonds should smell sweet and nutty, with those that have a sharp or bitter odor being rancid having been poorly dried at time of export and/or incorrectly stored during the export of produce.
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Harvesting & Packaging
Fruit may be dried and hulled immediately. Nuts are dried by forced hot air until their moisture content reaches 5-7%. Once correctly dried, nuts are hulled and shelled. Provided in-shell nuts are correctly dried they may be stored in bins for months until final processing.
Available all year round.
Almonds are high in vitamin E and provide for 32% of your recommended daily intake of magnesium.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant. These antioxidants tend to build up in cell membranes in the body, protecting the cells from oxidative damage. Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E, with just one ounce providing 37% of your recommended daily intake.
Dietary fibre reduces the transit time of food in your gut, improving your gut microflora.
Magnesium assists in your bodies overall well being by maintaining normal muscle and nerve function, is supportive of a healthy immune system and maintains bone strength. Magnesium also assists in regulating blood sugar levels and in maintaining normal blood pressure levels.