Almonds First cousin to the peach, almonds are native to West Asia and are grown profusely in the Mediteranean-although California is quickly becoming a large producer. They are flat oval-shaped nuts covered with a brown skin, which is sometimes removed by blanching. Blanched and unblanched almonds are available at grocery stores and specialty shops.
Unshelled almonds can be stored in a cool place for up to six months. Store shelled airtight in the refrigerator for up to three months or in the freezer for up to six months.