ALMONDS - Canadian
Almond nuts make a healthy snack food and almond butter makes a great alternative to peanut butter for your toast. Canada has no commercial almond production... so we import 100% of the almonds Canadians eat. California is our major supplier of almonds but expect this source to "dry up" in the coming years as almond farmers compete for this state's diminishing water supply....almond trees need lots of water to produce good crops. We have been trying to grow named almonds(Halls Hardy, Texas, All in One, etc) on our farm for many years with little success....until we discovered a tree growing on another Canadian farm that has been producing full crops of almonds for years and are now offering "baby" trees of this almond and calling it the Canadian Almond. These Canadian Almond offspring can offer a real chance for us to become more self-sufficient in almond production here in Canada. This tree produces abundant crops of almonds with delicious sweet kernels. You can also make an almond jam out of the "peach-like flesh" surrounding the almond nut. The leaves can also be used to make an almond flavoured extract. Because of its profuse pink blooms and attractive foliage, the almond tree is often purchased solely for its ornamental qualities.
Canadian Almond trees might be self-fertile but to maximize almond production it is advisable to cross-pollinate with any peach/nectarine variety or another almond variety. Canadian Almond trees are worth trying in Zones 5 and maybe even colder with wind protection. Almond trees are similar to peaches in size and growing requirements. We have a limited inventory of our Canadian Almond trees and as no other nursery in Canada or USA sell this variety...we suggest ordering in Jan/feb before we sell out.
Our Canadian Almond trees for sale this spring are approx 75 cm tall but should grow to 7ft and producing almonds in a couple of years.