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The almond (Prunus amygdalus) is a typical tree of the Spanish geography, we are the world's second producer after the U.S.A, flowering begins from the month of February, not alike bloom everywhere, depends much on the weather of each region, is one of the first trees to bloom because do not need many hours of cold (between 200-300), a landscape worth seeing when the almond trees begin to flower, the tree supports drought, and very little the excess of water, the almond fruit has infinite of possibilities.

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 The almond has many properties, vitamin E, protein (19%, almost as meat), calcium, antioxidants, contains iron, phosphorus, magnesium, oleic acid (protects against cardiovascular diseases), and has great potential in the Mediterranean diet, dry fruit as snacks, stuffed meats, cakes and pastries, sauces. It is a fruit that has skin and is also surrounded by a crust, for consumption must remove the rind and peel.

 His collection is in summer, during the months of July to September.

 There are several ways to collect them:

 All live has been collected manually, at harvest time, 60% of the fruits are on the ground, they should stick to the branches of the almond and almonds fall to the ground and then collect for ground or using blankets so that even hanging hitting fall within the tree.

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  You can also automate like about the olives with the tractor and umbrella, vibration is applied to the tree and almonds fall into the umbrella.

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 After harvesting requires treatment is required to remove the rind that protects the fruit, this work can be done manually or by machine, almonds are introduced into the peeling machine, go round which causes the bark that protects the fruit from breaking off and just left the shell with the fruit inside, if there is any after removing, the husk is removed manually.

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 After are carried to the cooperative for sale (for this one must be a member of the cooperative) many particularly people also dedicated to its purchase.

 There are many varieties, the most popular are:

 Marcona: one of the most popular for the baking industry and the most expensive on the market.

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Llargueta: It is elongate, mostly one for snacks and appetizers.

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In another article we will discuss the care, crop, and pests

 

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