Almonds are a familiar type of nut. They can be sweet or bitter, depending on the type of tree that produces them. Sweet almond is produced from one type of almond tree (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis) and does not contain poisonous chemicals. Bitter almond comes from a different type of almond tree (Prunus amygdalus var. amara) and does contain toxic chemicals.
“Bitter almond” volatile oils can also be produced from other related fruit kernels including apricot (Prunus armeniaca), peach (Prunus persica), and plum (Prunus domestica).
|Latin name:||Prunus amygdalus var. amara|
|Origin:||USA / Iran / Syria|
|Harvest time:||Late summer|
|How is it harvested:||Commercial harvesting - almonds shaken off the tree and then left to dry on the ground, almonds then swept into rows and collected by tractor. Almonds then sorted and cleaned before grading, peeling and milling.|
|Other uses:||Confectionary / Almond waste used for cattle feed|