Ahh, the almond…one of my favorite snacks! Almond kernels—or drupes—are healthy, flavorful, morsels nestled inside a hard shell that’s surrounded by an exterior hull.
But did you know that, for every pound of almond kernels produced, there are more than two pounds of hulls and shells that no one really wants? (Unless you count the cows who are often fed the bitter leftovers.)
And did you also know that crushing and compressing these almond byproducts yields a sugar which can be used to create ciders, beers and teas? Or that when powdered almond hulls are added to recycled plastic, it becomes even stronger and more heat resistant?
More people should know how amazing recycling almonds are for the environment.
Posted by ATTN: on Thursday, May 3, 2018
According to an article by Fast Company, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is working with startup companies to incorporate the waste material from almonds into compostable products and improve the quality of recycled plastic. These hulls are also being used to create ethanol, and plans to convert almond shells into renewable diesel are in the works.
Some people are allergic to almonds. If this is you, avoid food products that may contain them, such as frangipane, marzipan and praline as well as some cakes, breads, ice cream, chocolates, candies and certain liqeurs.