An almond is a type of nut that comes from the almond tree, which belongs to the rose family. Almonds have a hard shell that covers the edible seed inside. Almonds can be eaten raw, roasted, or blanched, and they have a sweet and nutty flavor. Almonds are also used to make products like almond milk, oil, butter, flour, paste, or marzipan. Almonds are very nutritious and have many health benefits. They are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, and other minerals. Almonds can help lower blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and inflammation. They can also improve brain function, skin health, and digestion. Almonds are native to southwestern Asia but are now grown in many parts of the world, especially in Mediterranean climates. California is the largest producer of almonds in the world accounting for about 80% of the global supply.