Almond Butter (Prunus dulcis)
There are two types of almond (sweet and bitter), but we use the sweet one (Prunus dulcis). The almond is a fruit and a part of the plum family. The almond tree is a medium-sized tree, native to the Middle East and North Africa. Its white blossom is captivating and beautiful, inspiring many legends.
Ancient Egyptians valued the almond for cosmetic purposes.
The ancient Greeks and Romans used to eat almonds to counter the effect of alcohol.
Almond butter is made from raw or toasted almonds.
Our almonds originate in the warmth of California, one of the largest almond growing areas in the world.
The almonds themselves have to undergo several different processes before they are finally made into almond butter. They are shelled and sorted into groups of those suitable enough to become butter.
Almond crops are very susceptible to weather, achieving larger quantities in sunny climates. The trees themselves don't produce almonds for the first three or four years of their lives and will be productive until around twenty-five years. To produce the almonds, the flowers need to be pollinated and many of the producers keep beehives to encourage this.
Almond butter is a very rich blend. It exfoliates gently and is incredibly softening.
In our Aqua Mirabilis body butter, the almond butter softens and polishes skin.