8 Fresh, Raw 'Nonpareil' Almond seeds, Prunus dulcis, Calif; Will grow nut trees
Sweet almond, a classic Mediterranean nut tree growing to 33 ft. Pollinated by bees. Most of the world's almonds are now grown in California with a million acres under cultivation. Almonds are a nutritionally dense wonder food, filled with protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Start by germinating the seed in a controlled environment; once it's started, you can plant it in a pot or in the ground. Full light, warm temps.
- Add water and let the seeds soak overnight.
- The next day, use a nutcracker to crack the almond shells open slightly — the shell should still hold itself together, but you should just be able to see the nut inside. Throw away any seeds that show signs of mold.
- Fill a few small flowerpots with potting soil. Make sure the pots have holes on the bottom for drainage.
- Plant the seeds an inch or two under the surface of the soil with the cracks pointing upward. Rest the flowerpot indoors in an area that will receive direct sunlight. Now, just wait for seedlings to sprout.