The Nutty Diaries
4 Places To Find Good Almonds
The almond industry has boomed in recent years with production in California alone more than quadrupling over the past three decades to become the world’s single largest almond supplier and exporter. Despite most of the almonds consumed around the world all originating from one place, that does not mean that they are all equal and so it’s important to seek out the best quality almonds that you can if you are to enjoy the best flavor and eating experience. So where can you find good quality almonds? Here are 4 places to consider.
That’s right, you can buy virtually anything on Amazon nowadays, including almonds! Amazon is home to a number of almond retailers offering a huge variety of almond products ranging from whole almonds, flavored almonds, nut milk, and nut butter, all at a number of different price-points. With so many retailers selling their products on Amazon the quality of the almonds you find may differ, but one thing’s for sure, when it comes to variety, there sure are a lot of almonds to choose from, and if you buy almonds from Amazon you may even get them delivered the very next day with their Prime delivery.
If you prefer to buy your almonds at the grocery store, then Walmart also usually has a pretty good offering. Buying almonds from Walmart will give you access to a number of different types of almonds from a range of brands that are traditionally stocked in other budget stores. Some larger Walmarts even have self-serve nut counters where you can weigh out your almonds yourself, which is great if you’re trying to reduce waste or only need a certain quantity.
Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market is the premier option if you wish to buy almonds from the grocery store and they have long stood out as one of the best places to buy premier nut products. Whole Foods’ almonds are often far better quality than those you’ll find at Walmart, or online at Amazon, and are clean-sorted too - but for this premium product, you can also expect to pay a premium price, with Whole Foods almonds often coming in dramatically more expensive than other options. If you want to spend a little more then you won’t be disappointed, but Whole Foods’ Almonds may not be affordable for everyone.
Ayoub’s Dried Fruits & Nuts
Almonds are graded by the USDA depending on their size and other quality control factors, but ensuring that you eat the best quality almond doesn’t end with buying a highly graded, clean sorted, raw almond product. Chef Ayoub founded Ayoub’s Dried Fruits and Nuts in the early 1980s to fill an obvious gap in the market for premium roasted nut products. Unlike other nut wholesalers, Chef Ayoub not only selected the highest quality raw almonds but then ensured to carry the same quality through into his almond roasting process, with all his almond mixes roasted by hand using artisanal practices. As a family business, Chef Ayoub has now passed the business onto his son, Amir, who continues to roast the highest quality almonds for their customers, using the same techniques that were passed down to him by his father. At Ayoub’s, almonds are carefully selected, further sorted and masterfully roasted. Ayoub’s is the place to shop at if you want to guarantee high quality, without needing to pay top tier prices and you can shop both in-store or online depending on the method you prefer.
If your looking for ways to get creative with your almonds, check out our article on 5 Ways To Add Almonds to Your Daily Diet.