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The almond, Prunus dulcis, is a small tree in the family Rosaceae. "Almond" is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated 'nut' of this tree.

Almond
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Almond flowers
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P. dulcis
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Prunus dulcis
An almond tree
Some almond nuts

The fruit of the almond has an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed or nut inside.[1] Shelling almonds means removing the shell to get the seed. Almonds are sold either shelled or unshelled.

DescriptionEdit

The almond is a small tree. It grows from four and 10 meters tall. It has a trunk 30 centimetres wide. The young twigs are green at first. When they are in their second year, they turn gray. The leaves are three to five inches long.[2] The flowers are white or light pink, 3–5 cm wide with five petals.[3][4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. The almond we eat is the edible seed of a type of fruit called a "drupe".
  2. Bailey, L.H.; Bailey, E.Z.; the staff of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third: A concise dictionary of plants cultivated in the United States and Canada. Macmillan, New York.
  3. Rushforth, Keith (1999). Collins wildlife trust guide trees: a photographic guide to the trees of Britain and Europe. London: Harper Collins. ISBN 0-00-220013-9.
  4. Griffiths, Mark D.; Anthony Julian Huxley (1992). The New Royal Horticultural Society dictionary of gardening. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 0-333-47494-5.

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