Description: Dulcis is known as the 'common almond'. Pale green, sweet and tasty nuts arrive in September and are used to produce almond milk, oil, butter, flour or paste. Beautiful bowl-shaped, very pale pink flowers are produced early in the spring. Slightly susceptible to leaf curl disease from the Midlands, North. Almonds are packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre and are a worthy addition to any garden or orchard. The perfect, healthy snack!
History: Their exact ancestry is unknown but almonds are thought to have originated from western Asia where explorers ate the fruits while traveling the 'Silk Road' between Asia and the Mediterranean. They were a prized ingredient in breads served to Eygptian Pharaohs. Now grown on a large commercial scale in Spain and Italy.
Almond Growing Tips: Almonds will tolerate any moderately fertile soils as long as they are well-drained. Best planted in a sunny location. The late frosts can damage the early blossom so they're much happier grown in a sheltered postition. To harvest the almonds, shake the tree, then seperate the hulls from the nut. Prefer being in southern ares of the UK. Make sure you pretect the nuts from birds if you would like to eat them yourself!