Almond - Green
Green almonds are unripe almonds, picked before the shell has a chance to harden. Like their cousin, the peach, green almonds have a fuzzy exterior with a gel-like interior and a delicate, grassy, fruity flavor. The "nut" has a gelatinous texture, similar to a firm grape. They are a rare delicacy and are very popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Green almonds can be used as a garnish or added to soups and salads. European chefs make a green almond paste for pastries. It is common to soak green almonds in milk to soften them and they pair very well with fish and seafood. When they are pickled, they make an addictive snack. Keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.
- Cheese-fromage blanc, goat, ricotta
- Cream cheese
- Olive oil