The almond (Prunus dulcis or Prunus Amygdalus) had been cultivated for thousands of years even before it had an official name. There are many theories about the origin of this species but probably its native land is Central and Southwest Asia; although there is also an opinion that its origin comes somewhere from Malaysia to North Africa. For centuries almonds have been highly appreciated for their high nutritional value and delicious taste.

The almond tree is a warm-loving plant and that is why the most favourable conditions for its growth are to be found in the Mediterranean, North Africa, Spain, Australia and California.

While the almond is most often eaten on its own, raw or toasted, almond kernels are also used in many industries. Almond oil is used not only in the food and flavour industries but also in medicine, cosmetics, etc. Worldwide consumption of almonds has ever been increasing and their many varieties and sizes ensure their wider use.