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National Almond Day (February 16)

Check out the weird holiday National Almond Day on February 16. Learn the history of National Almond Day, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

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History of National Almond Day

Almonds are native to the Middle East; they do best in warm, dry climates whose winters are mild. Almond trees began to be cultivated around 4,000 BC on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Travelers going between Asia and the Mediterranean along the Silk Road often snacked on almonds, and eventually trees began to grow in the area. They eventually spread into Europe in Spain and Italy.

Almonds are known to be healthy for you because they are filled with fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium, and may even help fight heart disease. The ancient Egyptians even placed almonds in King Tut’s tomb for nourishment in the after life in 1352 BC.

The US FDA says, “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Almonds came to the United States in the 1700s on the trade ship owned by Franiscan Padres, but they quickly died. It wasn’t until the 1850s when almond trees began to be farmed in California, which had the right kind of climate.

Almonds have a wide variety of symbols. According to the Bible, they are divine religious symbol. The early Romans used them as fertivility charms and were given at weddings. Today they are shared at American weddings as a sign of happiness, good fortune, and wealth.

Did you know that almonds aren’t just for eating? They can be made into almond milk or even used as an oil or lotion for your skin. Almonds are also made into shampoo and conditioner.

Ideas for National Almond Day

Here are some delicious almond recipes for you try out today!

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