Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ever seen a blossoming almond tree?

above: pic taken in Rachaya (West Bekaa) a couple of days ago.

"A blossoming almond tree" painting by Van Gogh

The Almond is a native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East, eastward as far as Pakistan. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California.

Global production of almonds is around 1.7 million tonnes.

Major producers are the USA (41%), Spain (13%), Syria (7%), Italy (6%), Iran (6%) and Morocco (5%). Algeria, Tunisia and Greece each account for 3%, Turkey, Lebanon and China each account for 2%.

In the United States, production is concentrated in California.
Importing over 94 % of its consumption, India is the largest global and U.S. market for in-shell almonds.

Source: Wikipedia

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