Almonds are one of the most perfect of the nuts. Since ancient times and the world over they have been made into delicious foods from halva, marzipan, nougat, flour, oil, butter, liquor, and even almond milk. Or they can be simply be snacked by the handful. Almonds are a part of the prunus family, a relation to apricot, cherry and plum. Their soft pink blossoms blanket the California central Valley in spring, practically all US almonds are grown in California. A nutrient dense food that is heart healthy and rich in protein. Rich in vitamin E (24 mg per 100g) and "good fats" that reduce LDL cholesterol.