Almonds can be eaten fresh, blanched, roasted, candied, or used as ingredients in other foods. They are technically not nuts, but are edible seeds, or drupes - a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. Blanched almonds are briefly boiled and then shocked in cold water to stop the cooking, enabling the skins to be easily removed.
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