I caught a glimpse of the first sign of spring this morning as I rounded a corner in my neighborhood and ran right into a blooming almond tree.
Recent sunny skies, rain and mild temperatures may have contributed to this magical springtime moment, but whatever the case it’s always a welcome surprise and reminder of Spain’s wonderful and tasty almond crop.
Spain is the number one almond producer in Europe and the third in the world. This country is known for its high-quality almonds, and particularly the famed Marcona variety, which is characteristic of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.
Not surprisingly, Spanish almond exports are a huge business, representing hundreds of millions of euros.
Read more about the economic impact of this important Spanish product in The sales potential of Spanish Almonds, an interview with Spanish Almond Board (Almendrave) president Pere Ferrer, on Foods and Wines from Spain.