At first sight, almonds and common have little in common besides the fact that both are delicious. But are these two fruits really related as some claim? In this article, we will explore the similarities and differences between almonds and peaches, and find out if almonds are really part of the peach family.
Are Almonds Part of the Peach Family?
Almonds and peaches belong to the same family, Rosaceae, which also includes other popular fruits such as apples, strawberries, and plums.
Additionally almonds and peaches belong to the same subfamily, Amygdaloideae, which groups together stone fruits and their relatives
Both fruits are similar in that they feature a hard pit. However, almonds and peaches differ in the way these componens are structured. The pit of a peach is called a stone, which contains the seed of the fruit and is not edible. Almond pits, on the other hand, contain the edible almond itself. In fact, the edible part of an almond is technically a seed, not a nut.
From a nutritional stand point, both almonds and peaches are a rich source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.
Peaches provide dietary fiber, proteins, vitamin C, iron and phosphorus. Almonds, on the other hand, are famously nutritious. They are a good source of vitamin E, dietary fiber, magnesium, and calcium.
Wrapping It Up
In conclusion, almonds and peaches belong to the same family. And although they share some similarities, there are some important differences between them in their appearance and structure. Both fruits have a hard, stone-like pit in the center and have a rich nutrient profile.
Ultimately, almonds and peaches are both delicious and healthy fruits that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
To learn more about almonds, read our previous blog, “5 Health Benefits of Almond Milk.”
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