Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I suspect this got some people's attention. After all almonds are the go-to food for low-carb and paleo people, often replacing dairy products, peanut butter, flour etc.
There is nothing wrong with almonds, except there are so many other types of nuts, all of which can be used in similar ways as almonds and some are no more expensive.
This is all about demand and supply. As the demand for almonds goes through the roof the price will continue to increase for a while, as it takes several years to grow almond trees to meet the increasing demand.
So check out walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts (filberts), coconut, pecans, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp or brazil nuts. They all have slightly different nutrient profiles, depending in part on what soil they were grown.
If you have enough yard space plant some nut trees. Walnuts and filberts grow even fairly far north.
As the paleo style of eating increases rapidly in popularity because of it's many health benefits the demand for non-grain and non-legume flours will rise further.
Try to support local growers of nut crops if possible.