How can I select almonds?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
When selecting any nut, remember that nuts have the longest shelf life when they are still in their shells. If purchasing almonds in shells, look for shells that are not split, moldy, or stained. Shelled almonds that are stored in a hermetically sealed container will last longer than those sold in bulk bins, since they are less exposed to heat, air, and humidity. If purchasing almonds from bulk bins, make sure that the store has a quick turnover of inventory and that the bulk containers are sealed well to ensure maximum freshness. Look for almonds that are uniform in color and not limp or shriveled. In addition, smell the almonds. They should smell sweet and nutty; if their odor is sharp or bitter, they are rancid.

If you want almonds with a roasted flavor and texture, choose those that have been dry roasted, and not been cooked in oil like their roasted counterparts. Even when purchasing dry-roasted almonds, it is important to read the label to ensure that no additional ingredients, such as sugar, corn syrup, or preservatives, have been added.
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