Albania is blessed with almond trees that manage to meet some of the local market’s demand. In Albania, the inhabitants of the areas where almond trees are cultivated are very familiar with the fantastic flavor of fresh almonds.

Young almonds have a brief moment when they can be eaten whole, through the downy fuzz of the crunchy outer shell into the soft nut that’s still soft and jelly like.

Green almonds consist of both the fuzzy green outer hull and the soft inner nut — it’s that soft inner part that will eventually grow and harden into an almond. You can eat the entire green almond at this point, fuzzy outside and all.

The whole almond has a crisp, watery texture and a tart flavor, like a cross between a green apple and a green grape.

Their main appeal, as mentioned above, is their soft-yet-firm texture that is just a bit gelatinous but with a sense of the nut it’s going to become.

Green almonds get firmer in texture as the season goes on—early ones can be translucent and have an almost grape-like texture while later ones take on a milky opaque look and feel more like soft almonds when bitten.

You can also run a paring knife around the outside edge of the green almond, lightly cutting through the hull, and crack the hull open to get at the nut inside (as in the top-most picture, above).

The tiny, pale seed is very soft and filled with a jelly-like substance. They taste very mild with a fresh “green” flavor, almost like biting too close to the rind of a watermelon.

Green almonds offer the same nutritional benefits as dry almonds including vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, riboflavin, and L-carnitine. Green almonds also offer protein and fiber and have a low glycemic index.

Green almonds are raw almonds which contain a large number of nutrients. These almonds are good for health and also known for medicinal benefits.

Green almonds are good for health as they are loaded antioxidants which can flush out toxins from the body. They also boost the activities of the immune system and can avert diseases as well as infections.

They are good for weight loss because they comprise of healthy fats which help to shed off additional fat and stay slim.

Green almonds are good for stomach as they contain a lot of fiber which makes the digestion procedure smoother and treating chronic constipation.

Consuming green almonds is also good for hair as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and several other nutrients which nourish the hair strands from the root. It also helps in reducing hair fall.

Green almonds make a great out-of-hand snack. Green almonds are particularly delicious lightly dipped into sea salt. So, dip them in salt and eat them. If you can’t get enough green almonds that way, try adding them to salads. They make a particularly good match with sweet spring peas or little gem lettuces./