Spring………etcetera, etcetera, etcetera and we haven’t even talked about strawberries, asparagus and all the beauty of springtime.

Returning to the house today with the dog after a long walk I went past an Almond tree in a field right next door to our house..It wasn’t in our garden but I think of the field next door as part of our garden.. :)

I really love almond trees when the trees are in bloom but also when they have their nut-like seeds called drupes on them. I remember this tree from my childhood. It was already quite tall and as I am nearly 50, it must be 60 or 70 years old. It doesn’t look it’s age even though it is only watered by sporadic rainfall in the park.

This year as during the previous autumn and winter we had a lot of rainfall, the Almond tree was full of drupes.

They are still unripe, called ‘tsagala’ locally but they are edible..

You can cut them easily as their shell has not hardened and they are perfect to make a pickle, to eat unripe, to eat with a little fresh cheese and honey..

If you happen to pass by an Almond tree and it still has green drupes on it, try them…

I should say it is one of the most beautiful trees to have in your garden..even a small one. The flowers are wonderful which bloom at the end of winter heralding the start of springtime.

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