This is where I get raw almonds

The one thing about eating raw almonds is to make sure that they’re raw. Some manufacturers who sell nuts steam them before they sell them, then treat them with a chemical. Then, the buyer should make sure that the almonds aren’t rancid. One trick is to put them in water. By putting them in water, the almonds that float are tainted. If they float, it’s best that they should be discarded. (It may take a minute for them to sink, but raw almonds always sink.)

Health Benefits

Aside from the other good things other nuts have, almonds also have copper and manganese. These are needed in trace amounts by the body. Copper is necessary to make red blood cells and is a catalyst for the storage and release of iron. It also helps the body make collagen, which keeps skin, bones, cartilage and tendons supple. Manganese is needed for normal bone structure and to metabolize glucose. It helps the body break down carbohydrates and fats into fuel and might be an antioxidant.

They are also rich in riboflavin or Vitamin B2, which is needed for growth and the repair of tissues. Raw almonds also seem to lower a person’s risk of developing gallstones and might help people maintain a healthy weight.

Almonds are also high in Vitamin E. Vitamin E helps support heart health, guards against cataracts and cervical cancer and bolsters the immune system. Some medical professionals believe Vitamin E can help with Parkinson’s disease. By consuming about an ounce of almonds has over a third of the average person’s RDA of Vitamin E.

They are cholesterol free and low on the glycemic index, which means they don’t flood the bloodstream with glucose after they’re eaten. This means they’re beneficial to people with diabetes and can help protect against diabetes.

After buying and soaking the nuts, almonds should be put in the refrigerator or dried in a dehydrator. In the refrigerator, they will continue to grow. I usually soak mine for 24 hours before using in a recipe. If I just want them as snacks, I'll soak for 24 hours, then dehydrate for 12 hours.

Enjoy almonds, as they can be eaten out of hand, as a salad or dessert topping, or used in hundreds of raw food recipes.

The farm where I get truly raw, organic almonds is Briden Wilson Farms. Here is a link to their site: http://homegrownalmonds.com/organically-grown-raw-almonds.html