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discovering green almonds


i bought these the other day thinking they were fresh almonds but not knowing any more than that. it turns out they are fresh green almonds which are only available for a few weeks each year.

apparently they are eaten raw. and whole. that’s right, give them a wash and then bite in through that soft fuzzy green skin and into the nut. the centre of each, which will form the almond itself, is at this young stage a slightly bitter flavoured gel. the flesh around it reminded me of the unripe (or only just ripe) slightly sour peaches which used to grown in our garden in malawi. interesting to try...

if anyone knows of other ways to eat/use them i'd love to know. and if you're in london and fancy trying them, i bought mine at the wonderful green valley on upper berkeley street, w1h 5qe.

Reader Comments (27)

Hi, I saw your post and wanted to reply. I'm persian and we eat the fresh green almonds which are available as you mentioned, only a few weeks of the year (early spring). We wash them and eat them whole and raw w/ a bit of salt. I think other middle easterners may eat them as well but I beleive they cook them...not sure though. For us persians, it's kind of a snack food in the spring.
April 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAni
thanks ani. and thanks for the prompt to see if they are season and available in london again.
April 17, 2011 | Registered Commenterabby
I am from Turkey. The green almonds have been consumed for centuries where I am from. They come out in spring time for 2-3 weeks, we eat them with salt, great and healthy snack like green sour plums.
August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYCL
Green almonds are widely consumed during the spring in the Levant region. They are served with salt. They are sour and delicious. They make a great afternoon snack.
March 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMom
im kurdish and here we eat them just like this, but with a little salt. there great, and also try sour plums there great..
May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMerdon
I just made fresh almonds stew today. It's a persian recipe and absolutely delicious.
you saute onion and meat with some salt and pepper and turmeric. you add water and let it cook for 1 hour. Then you add 1/2 lbs. fresh almonds, 3 cups finely chopped parsley, 1/2 cup fresh basil, 1/3 cup lime juice, 1 Tbs. sugar and some saffron for 1 lbs. meat. Cook until the almonds are tender. Adjust the seasoning. Absolutely delicious!
May 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStella
I bought green fresh almonds last week in Turkey, at the farmers' market in
Kalkan. The farmer advised me to eat them as meze, with salt and olive oil, along with olives, some cheese, etc. They taste really good!
March 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentervida

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