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Food trend for 2014 - marcona almonds

Marcona almonds originate from Spain.
Marcona almonds originate from Spain.
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Marcona almonds are a variety of almonds produced in Spain and common in the Mediterranean region. They are shorter and plumper in shape, softer and moister in texture, and taste sweeter than traditional almonds Americans are used to. Amazon shows 464 results for the search terms "Marcona almonds" across the categories of grocery and gourmet food, health and personal care, books, and baby care. Marcona almonds are a hot product right now and are often on the Amazon Movers and Shakers Reports.

First seen on the epicurean scene and in trendy restaurants, Marcona almonds are now available in health food stores, organic grocery stores, and even in regular grocery stores in the nut section. A one-ounce serving of these almonds have 180 calories, 17 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 8% of the USRDA of both calcium and iron.

What kind of recipes might Marcona almonds be used in? Do a search on Pinterest for Marcona almonds and there are thousands of photos and recipes. Some common dishes including this ingredient include:

Almond brittle

Almond butter

Cakes

Cookies

Crusted fish and chicken

Cupcakes

Dips and spreads (like hummus)

Ice cream

Pasta dishes

Raw or roasted in spices and seasonings

Salads (especially kale salads)

Sauces (especially Pesto sauce)

Soups

Vegetable dishes such as Brussels sprouts and green bean almandine

Some of the more popular Marcona almonds on Amazon include:

Kirkland Brand (Costco’s private label) Roasted and Salted Marcona Almonds

Valor Choco Perlas – Dark Chocolate Covered Marcona Almonds

OroLiquido Marcona Almond Butter

Trader Joe`s Roasted and Salted Marcona Almonds with Rosemary

Most reviews on these Marcona almonds on Amazon are positive, although the prices are high. 67% of the listings are eligible for Prime, and many are offered by third-party sellers who are sourcing these products locally, so that is reflected in the price. For example, the Costco Marcona almonds sell for $19.99 on Amazon but can be purchased at Costco for about $8 for the same size container. However, not all Costco stores carry this product, and it is more convenient for Amazon Prime shoppers to order online and have the item delivered to their door rather than fight the crowds at Costco for a jar of nuts.