Almond | Badam
Badam or Badaam or Almonds are delicately flavored and versatile. It is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savory dishes. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut. It is known as the King of Nuts are off-white in color, covered by a thin brownish skin, and encased in a hard shell. It is classified into two categories: sweet and bitter. Sweet almonds are the type that is eaten. They are oval in shape, usually malleable in texture and wonderfully buttery in taste. They are available in the market either still in their shell or with their shell removed. Shelled almonds are available whole, sliced or slivered in either their natural form, with their skin, or blanched, with their skin removed. Bitter almonds are used to make almond oil that is used as a flavoring agent for foods and liqueurs. They are otherwise inedible as they naturally contain toxic substances which are removed in the manufacturing of almond oil.