Green almond season is here! These young, unripe almonds are a delicacy, only available in early spring for a brief 8 week period between April and June. Easily identified by their fuzzy, pale green shell, green almonds are a crisp, tart, fruity treat enjoyed on their own, accompanied by a light Prosecco or as a delightful addition to a simple salad.
Starkly different in texture from the mature almond you're probably more familiar with, green almonds have a moist, jelly-like interior. The simplest preparation that allows their fruity, bright essence to shine is with a touch of pink Himalayan sea salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil – green almond perfection!
You can also transform your everyday, simple salad into a fresh, spring time delight, by adding a handful of protein and fiber-rich green almonds. This recipe is the perfect intro to your soon-to-be green almond infatuation.
KALE SALAD WITH GREEN ALMONDS, AVOCADO & OLIVE
1 handful green almonds, shelled (approximately 35 green almonds)
1/2 avocado, diced
1 cup chopped kale
1 cup chopped spinach
kalamata olives, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, sliced
1/4 cup chickpeas
feta (vegan: omit)
1/2 tomato, diced
extra virgin olive oil
Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl and dress with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and black pepper to taste. Toss, serve and... Bon appétit!
By the time you read this, green almond season might be coming to an end, so move quickly and visit your local farmers market or speciality grocer for this unique young fruit.
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