Almonds

California Almonds-All about them!

California Badam: All about them!

What are California Almonds?

California is the world’s largest producer of almonds. California Almond is the most widely used and affordable almond type, it is mainly grown in the United States and is exported all over the world. It accounts for 80 % of almonds produced worldwide and 100 % of the United States commercial supply. In 2019, California almonds worth $ 4.9 billion were exported to foreign countries like European Union, China, and India. They are known for their large size and smooth texture. California almonds are chemically processed and then heated to extreme temperatures to increase their sweetness. The oil content of California badam is less than Mamra Almonds due to high heat processing since these almonds are processed and mass-produced so they are less costly.

Nutritional Value of California Badam per 100 g:

Energy579 kcal
Carbohydrates21.6g
Fat49.9g
Protein21.2g
Fiber14.3g
Sugar3.6g

Almond Seasons:

Usually, the almonds bloom from mid-February through March, bees are very important for these trees as they are not self-pollinating. The two different varieties of almonds are planted in alternating rows so that the trees produce two varieties. These almonds mature in a shell that is surrounded by a fleshy part called a hull. These nuts mature over the summer and the hull dries revealing a shell that encloses the nut before harvesting the nuts dry naturally in the shell. California Almonds are harvested with the help of mechanical tree shakers between mid-August and October. After that the nuts are gathered for processing, cleaned and grading occurs. Finally, they are exported to nearly 90 countries.

Almond Board of California:

It was established by the U.S. Congress in 1950 to supervise a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the charge of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The main aim of the Amond board is to broaden the spectrum of California Almonds through new research, industry support, and market development. Its motto is to expand the international and domestic distribution and consumption of almonds to benefit the entire industry. Their main activities include food quality and safety initiatives, nutrition, production & environmental research, and monitoring trade and market access issues. They don’t establish item prices.

California Almonds

California Almonds Handling tips:

California Almonds have a high oil content and less moisture but a long shelf life when handled with care. The factors that are responsible for almond shelf life and quality include the characteristics of the product, the environment during storage and distribution, and the packaging. If the California Almonds are stored at optimum temperature, their quality can be preserved. Usually, they are stored under dry conditions in bins or bulk containers. Chemical processing also affects the shelf life of almonds. It is better to avoid exposure to direct sunlight as it can darken the surface of the nut.

Varieties & Sizes:

More than 50 almond types are produced in California and 95 % of production includes only 12 types. Broadly almond types are divided according to some unique characteristics like size, shape, and ‘’blanchability’’.Most of the almond production in California is classified into three major classifications: 

  • Nonpareil: Their skin is removed readily (blanched), sliced, and cut for processing. Blemish-free processing is done due to their thin outer shell and smooth kernel. They are used widely among the marketing categories.
  • California: This category includes those types which are mainly used in manufactured products. They are well suited for all the processes or applications due to a wide range of shell hardness, different kernel shapes, the color of skin, and surface characteristics.
  • Mission: This type has small and wide kernels with hard shells. Their skin is wrinkled and darker than Nonpareil. In this type, blanching is not done usually. 

Some almond types fall under more than one classification because they have features of more than one type. All the types of California Almonds are developed using traditional breeding methods, the varieties that are genetically modified are not planted in California.

Inshell almonds are further divided into two types:

  • Hard shell
  • Soft shell

Inshell-Hard Shell: This type is characterized by a closed shell with a hard outer ‘cork’ that protects the kernel against contamination & worm damage. The inshell-hard shell market has a limited volume in relation to other marketing outlets.

Inshell-Soft Shell: This type is preferred in the market with greater suture openings to allow seasonings to permeate the shell.

Texture/Crunch of California badam:

They have a crunchier taste that is maintained across many applications. Sweets, fruits, and creamy dairy products all benefit from the added satisfying crunchiness of almonds.

Consumer Popularity:

California almonds are extremely popular all over the world. The addition of almonds increases the nutrient profile of foods thus it offers a marketing advantage for health-conscious consumers. They are also popular in products that provide a good alternative for some dietary concerns like 

  • Gluten-free 
  • Lactose-free

Conclusion:

California almonds are the most consumed and popular almonds all over the world because they deliver a massive amount of nutrients, are loaded with antioxidants, are high in vitamin E, control blood sugar, lower cholesterol levels, effective for weight loss. Kashmir Basket brings to you 100% original California Almonds so grab your powerhouse of nutrients quickly!

benefits of mamra almonds

Benefits of Mamra Almonds

Introduction

Scientifically known as Prunus Dulcis, almond/badam is one of the oldest domesticated fruit trees. Their cultivation started in 4000 BC and is native to South and Central parts of Asia and was popularly grown in California in the 1840s. Almonds are one of the healthiest dry fruits and have many varieties. Mamra almond is the most nutritious almond among all the types.

What is Mamra Almond?

Mamra almond is a special type of almond that is much crispy and crunchier than a regular almond hence the name ‘mamra’ (in Hindi murmura ). They were devoured by the Royals as they have a unique taste, shape, and texture than a normal almond. Mamra badam is popularly grown in Afghanistan, Iran, and India (in Kashmir). They have a specific soil, temperature, and PH requirement for their growth so the production is limited to specific regions only.

What makes Mamra Almonds so special ?

What Makes Mamra Almonds so Special?

Mamra almonds are a powerhouse of essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins , minerals, iron,omega 3 fatty acid  etc. Below are some of the important benefits of mamra almonds.

Top 10 Health Benefits of Mamra Almonds :

Lowering of cholesterol :

Total cholesterol in our body is a combination of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.Bad cholesterol makes our body prone to heart diseases while as good cholesterol protects our body against heart diseases and good cholesterol helps to remove bad cholesterol from our body.,  Studies have shown that eating almonds daily helps in the reduction of bad cholesterol and improves good cholesterol as they are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids.

Beneficial for pregnancy :

Since mamra almonds are a powerhouse of essential nutrients like vitamins, proteins, and fats so consuming mamra almonds daily will ensure that both baby and mother will remain healthy in each trimester. Folic acid in almonds boosts the brain health of the fetus, iron in almonds is good for the immune system and heart of the fetus and several other essential nutrients improve the overall development of the fetus.

Gut improvement :

Registered nutritionist Bonnie Taub says almonds are a great source of fiber. Eating almonds daily can help in digestion, promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, and prevents constipation. Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are good gut bacteria and their growth was boosted as revealed by a study conducted in 2014  by the Institute of food science and technology in China.

Controls blood pressure:

Today hypertension, also called high blood pressure is increasing day by day and in order to reduce blood pressure, lifestyle modifications and a healthy diet play a major role. As almonds are rich in potassium, and monounsaturated fats, and are sodium-free, so they can prove to be a great snack for controlling high blood pressure.

Boosts immunity:

Research has been conducted in the Institute of food research in Norwich and Italy’s university and it has been found that almond skin contains a naturally occurring chemical that boosts immune health, hence it is recommended to eat a handful of almonds on a daily basis to protect our bodies viruses.

Beneficial for skin:

An Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, was popular for her body, skin, and hair and it was believed that she included almonds in her daily diet and skincare. Eating almonds daily removes dead skin, reduces dark circles, and improves dried skin. Vitamin E is considered to be a powerful antioxidant and almonds are an extremely good source of Vitamin E.

Helps in weight loss:

Studies have revealed that an almond diet assists weight loss even better than a keto diet! Almonds help in the management of hunger as they provide sufficient calories which also helps in the reduction of belly fat as well. A study has been published in the International Journal of Obesity that almonds will assist in your weight loss journey.

Good for bone health:

In order to strengthen bones and reduce joint pain, it is recommended to add mamra almonds to the diet. A study conducted by Ilana D Platt and others in 2011  (Postprandial effects of almond consumption on human osteoclast precursors) revealed that bone mineral density is increased by the consumption of almonds. They are helpful in protecting our bodies against osteoporosis.

Reduces blood sugar levels:

Many studies have suggested that a natural way to reduce blood sugar levels in our bodies is by consuming almonds. Ruchika Jain, a well-known senior dietician, says that a good mid-time snack for diabetes patients is almonds as they contain magnesium. Lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, and having mamra badams daily can help to control blood sugar levels in the long run.

Boosts brain health:

Riboflavin and L Carnitine are very important nutrients for good brain health and they both are present in almonds so almonds are the best brain foods available on the market. Also, many studies have been conducted and it has been concluded that almonds improve the memory of an individual if they are consumed daily.

Conclusion

Mamra almonds should be considered an integral part of our diet as they are a bundle of essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates. They are available on KashmirBasket and are 100 % original, directly imported from original producers in Kashmir Valley.

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