Toasted Green Almonds

Green Almonds

Green almonds are also in season. And just like ice apples they are around for a brief two to three weeks. With fuzzy pale green pods they look like almond-shaped green tiny peaches but have a distinct freshly mowed grass scent which I associate with spring!

The external pods are not edible ( unless they are very soft which is very rare to find in market). You have  to peel off the external pod with a knife with patience and care. Once open, the pale yellow almost avocado like interior nestle a cream tender almond. Hold the ends of the pod down to pop the almond out or piece it with the knife tip to remove the tender kernel.

Green almonds 2

It tastes of young almond and can be eaten as is, but have patience. Toasted in a little bit olive oil with a sprinkling of salt elevates the ‘almondness’- if it is a word and adds crunch to the young almond. It can be eaten as is, sprinkled on top of salad, added to a pesto instead of pine nuts or added to jams and jellies.

Start with a bigger pile of raw pods as the actual almond is small. We only had 1/4 cup almonds from almost 2 cups of pods. Vipul finished the entire bowl while I went to put Varun down for his nap.

Green Almonds shelled

If the pods were tender, I am sure we could have sautéed them in olive oil and snacked on them whole. That would be more “filling”. But the once we had were a bit too “aged” for that.

Give this unusual snack a try if you do find green almonds in your farmers market. Per internet, they are in season now across France, middle-east and California. Cheers for seasonal food! Happy snacking!!

Toasted Green Almonds Recipe

  • Shelled green almonds – 1/4 cup
  • Olive oil – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste

1. Heat oil in a skillet and saute the almonds in the oil for 1- 2 minutes. Stir continuously to prevent burning. Sprinkle salt. Adjust to taste. Serve warm.

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About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on May 27, 2013, in Food, Snacks and Appetizers and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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