Punch Line: Here is our quick guide to selecting the tastiest and healthiest almonds
One of the lesser known facts about almonds is there are over 30 types of almonds that vary in size, colour, taste, even in their nutritional values. It is also interesting to know that there are 15 major varieties of almonds that contribute to 98 percent of the total almond products
But for most of us, we are unaware of all the various types of almonds. We also lack awareness about the benefits of the various the types of almonds or badams.
In this article, we will look at badam variety in India and will explore the best type of almonds to eat.
Are You Aware Of The Different Types Of Almonds?
It is interesting to note that there are more than 15 types of almonds, each of which differs not just in the size, shape, and texture of the shell, but also in taste and usage.
Among the most distinctive differences in almonds is their taste, which is categorized as sweet or bitter
The almonds that are available in the markets for general consumption are sweet almonds that are safe and nutritious. In contrast, bitter almonds are toxic if eaten raw, and are used instead to produce almond oil and medicines used for muscle spasms and coughs.
What Are The Types Of Almonds And Badam Varieties In India?
The 15 types of almonds that are popularly eaten are as below:
1. California Paper Shell Almonds
California paper shell almonds are one of the most popular almonds consumed across the world. The word “paper shell” denotes a thin paper-like shell which may also make the almonds susceptible to bird damage.
California paper shell almonds are California are lower in carbs and sugar content
2. Non Pareil Almonds
Non Pareil almonds are also an extremely popular type of almonds. They are long, flat, smooth and more attractive than other badam varieties. Because of their smooth skin, it is easier to blanch and cut for cooking purposes.
3. Mamra Almonds
Mamra almonds grown in the valleys of Kashmir, Iran and Afghanistan are a premium variety of almonds that are richer in healthy fats and sugar content. They are easily distinguished from other badam varieties as they are smaller in size and curve inwards.
4. Gurbandi Almonds
Gurbandi almonds also known as Chota Giri are almonds that are imported from Afghanistan. They are not as sweet and in fact, it may even veer towards a bitterish taste due to a high oil content. This makes Gurbandi almonds rich in nutrients such as Omega-3 and vitamin E.
5. Shalimar Almonds
Shalimar almonds with their distinctive pointy ends are larger in size than most types of almonds. This badam variety is an extremely rich source of fibre.
6. Pranyaj Almonds
Pranyaj almonds are mostly used in making almond flours and almond milk. The almonds are flatter and darker than other types of almonds, with a thinner shell.
7. Mukhdoom Almonds
Mukhdoom almonds are a plump and light-coloured variety of almonds.
8. Drake Almonds
Drake almonds are hard to distinguish as they come in a variety of sizes and colours, ranging from small to medium-large sizes and light brown to dark brown colours.
9. Warsi Almonds
Warsi almonds are thick in the middle, with pointed ends making them perfect for any slicing or cutting. According to many, they are also the widest variety of almonds in the world.
10. Primorskiy Almonds
Primorskiy Almonds are the heaviest badam variety, making it a good option for making almond milk and almond flour. In India, Primorskiy almonds are native to Kashmir.
11. Ne Plus
Ne Plus almonds are flat in their shape and longer than other types of almonds. They don't have a distinctive taste and combined with their size – make them the perfect almonds for salting, candying to adding flavours.
12. Sonora Almonds
Sonora almonds are long and flat and have a papery shell. They are known to be extremely high in nutrient content and good for boosting immunity.
13. Peerless Almonds
Peerless almonds are set apart from others because of their hard shell. These almonds from California have a high oil content and are a good source of fatty acids.
14. Fritz Almonds
Fritz almonds are medium to small in size and come in a dark brown colour. They are plump in shape.
15. Padre / Butter Almonds
A Padre almond is a small, round, plump almond. There are wrinkles on its skin, so it holds seasoning well.
Which Type Of Almond Is Best?
When selecting the best almond, it is important to consider the following options:
- Selected from the finest farms
- Vacuum packed to ensure taste, texture and nutrition value
- 100 percent natural without the use of preservatives
- Perfectly ripened for the best taste and nutrition
Nutritional Value of Almonds
Almonds are Mother Natures’s gift to us to help us live a healthier life. Many varieties exist of almonds, all of which are full of dietary fibre, healthy fats, antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin E.
Nutritionally, almonds are a powerhouse. In the following table, you can find the nutritional facts for 1 cup of whole almonds:
Almonds ( whole, 1 cup / 143 grams)
Amount Per Serving
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