The Almond conveys the sentiments of “Impatience. Promise. Virginity and fruitfulness.” in the Language of Flowers.
The domesticated sweet Almond is native to the Mediterranean region of the Middle East, its fruit having been found at Early Bronze Age (3000-2000 B.C.) archaeological sites at Numeria (Jordan).
Wild, or bitter, Almond is lethally poisonous. The kernel of the bitter almond contains significant levels of cyanide, and eating only a few dozen will cause death. Because of a common genetic mutation, the domesticated sweet Almond is not poisonous.
One hundred percent of the United States commercial supply of Almonds is produced in California. Pollination of California’s almonds is the largest annual managed pollination event in the world. Nearly half of all the beehives in the United States (about a million hives) are trucked to California almond groves each February.