ALMONDS, Italian, raw
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Certification: *EU organic
Production: directly imported from a family farm in Sicily, Italy, these almonds are fully un-pasteurized raw and non-GMO.
Qualities: Almonds are a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins like B2, biotin, and E as well as many essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, copper, and zinc. They are also rich in dietary fiber and mono and polyunsaturated fats. Typical of many nuts and seeds, almonds contain phytosterols which have been associated with cholesterol-lowering properties.
Results from a recent study  showed evidence that nut consumption (about 20 almonds) may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular disease, total cancer, and all-cause mortality, and possibly mortality from diabetes, respiratory disease, and infectious disease.
Common Use: Almonds are commonly enjoyed on their own as a healthy snack, sprinkled over salads or desserts, and used in many culinary dishes both savory or sweet. They come in many forms such raw or toasted, blanched & sliced, as flour or butter, or enjoyed coated in chocolate or Tamari. You can also easily make your own almond milk (blend with water, a couple of dates, a bit of vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Then strain through a sprout bag or muslin cloth and enjoy)
Storage: to preserve freshness, keep refrigerated in a sealed container. Temperatures for long-term storage are −3 to 0 °C (27 to 32 °F) and low humidity
*Note: Because of inter-governmental bureaucracy, when an organic product with EU organic certification is not imported directly into the USA (imported into Canada first) it is not allowed to be called "organic" even though the USA and the EU have an "equivalency agreement" for organic standards.
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the CFIA or FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This product has been packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and other potential allergens.
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