Almond oil is obtained from the almond (Prunus dulcis). The almond is native to Central Asia where they have been cultivated for thousands of years. However Spain is nowadays one of the most important almond oil producers because of the quality (suitable for the grow of the almond) of its lands.
It is a small tree, growing between 4 and 10 metres in height, with a trunk of up to 30 centimetres in diameter. The young shoots are green at first, becoming purplish where exposed to sunlight, then grey in their second year.
Almonds are a good source of vitamins and minerals, each 100gr. of almonds supplies 570 Kcal, that’s why they are an important source of energy, especially in winter and in cold weathers. Almonds have:
- vitamins: (mainly B): thiamine, riboflavin and niacin.
- Minerals: Zinc, Iron, Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium
- Proteins and fatty acids.