chinese almond tree - Knowledgebase Question

Roswell, Ne
Question by duranacres
September 23, 2009
what exactly is a chinese almond tree, and does it exactly grow nuts


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Answer from NGA
September 23, 2009

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The Chinese almond (Prunus armeniaca) is an important fruit in many countries, however it is only in northern China that it is cultivated specifically for its kernels. The tree of this particular variety grows very erect and is quite distinguishable from all other varieties of apricots. There are several varieties of apricots that produce these seeds, but the best ones are small red fruits with large, medium soft stones, and sweet kernels. The kernel is virtually indistinguishable from the common almond, but the shell is quite different, being darker and having a thickened rim along the suture line which joins the halves. The Chinese almond appears in many traditional recipes, and may be used in the same way as the true almond.

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