I don't know this for sure, but I'd guess that almonds are one of the most popular nuts in America. And why not? They are good. In fact, I'd say almonds are the fourth-best nut you'll find anywhere.
In nature almonds have a shell, but when you buy them in the store they're usually already taken out of the shell, which saves a lot of time. Try this little scientific experiment: take a whole handful of almonds and pop them in your mouth. Taste that? It's flavor. That's why folks enjoy almonds. I do too.
There are a lot of uses for almonds. Put them in cereal, in granola bars, in desserts, or just eat them all by themselves. They taste nice in any setting. I'd wager that if you reach into a jar of "fancy" mixed nuts with your eyes closed and pull out an almond, you won't be disappointed. Having almonds in a little bowl on your table is a great way to "get the party started" when guests come over. Classy as well as moderately economical, almonds are truly a nut lover's friend.
Almond, almond, there, not rare
Free of shells and free of care
When I crunch I do declare
"Tasty puff of almond air!"
Almond, almond, on the throne
Almond meat resembles bone
Considering how gross is bone
I'd rather buy the air alone
Almond, almond, taste delight
Tremble before almond's might
Forth, for flavor's natural right
Fourth-best nut I taste tonight.
Previously: Pistachios Are the Fifth-Best Nut