Almonds in the shell are oval and flattened in shape and a little over an inch long. They are rough, light brown, and have scattered small holes on the shell. A distinct spine separates the two halves of the hard almond shell. These delicious tree nuts are California grown almonds and studies reveal that almonds can lower the risk of heart disease and bad cholesterol and is definately a diabetic friendly food. Almonds also contain significant amounts of fiber, vitamin E, folate, calcium and other vitamins and minerals. Almonds in their shells have the longest shelf life, whereas the shelled ones, due to their high fat content, can easily turn rancid. You can store them in the refrigerator or freezer to keep them fresh up to a year.
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