This 2.2lb package contains simply pure, raw, unadulterated Spanish Marcona almonds, ready to complement your own unique flavors and recipes. Spain's sweet and crunchy Marcona almonds are perfect for baking, cooking, and as a healthy snack. Once a key source of protein for Mediterranean diets, almonds are rich in nutrients such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B and linoleic acid. A recent study showed that when people eat roughly a handful of almonds a day, they lowered their LDL cholesterol by 3%! Sauté these large, sweet, raw Marcona almonds in some olive oil and dust with salt, sugar or your favorite spice to create your own delicious, heart-healthy treat!
Marcona almonds have long been precious treasure inside Spain, used for many of their gourmet products, such as Turron candy. Although the ever-increasing demand for these delectable almonds has inspired farmers in Morocco and California to attempt production, most Marcona almonds are found along the Mediterranean coasts of Spain, from the southern coast of Málaga, proceeding east up the Mediterranean coast to Tarragona. They are generally larger, flatter and have a sweeter taste than the more familiar California almonds. In addition, unlike their North American cousins, Marcona almonds have a harder, non-porous protective shell that resists insects, which allows them to be grown naturally without herbicides.
To enjoy a simple crunchy snack, heat up a small amount of extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan or skillet. When the oil is very hot, toss in a few handfuls of these blanched nuts. Stir the simmering almonds with a wooden spoon until they become ever so slightly golden in color. Then scoop them into a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. You don't need to be an accomplished chef to create this incredible taste! For the best flavor, Marcona almonds should be sautéed instead of roasted, as their delicate flavor can be overwhelmed by harsher cooking methods.