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Andalusian Style Marcona Almonds - Small Pack - AL006
Ultra premium, salted marcona almonds, lightly fried in olive oil. Naturally Cholesterol Free!
Andalusian style with a slightly oily finish.
Size: 8.8oz/250g
Origin: Murcia, Spain
AL006       $19.49
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Spanish Almonds

Pic of Almond Grove White blossoms in Catalonia and Andalucia yield an ancient delight, almost as much a part of life as the blue sky over the countryside. The Marcona almond is called the Queen Almond for its incomparable, delicately sweet flavor. Thought by some to be the ultimate almond, Marcona almonds from Spain have a uniquely buttery and sweet flavour. Lightly salted, they are just the thing to eat with a cold glass of dry sherry and delicious with any appetizers and are a sophisticated snack to enjoy before a meal.

Particularly in southern Catalonia and Andalucia the countryside is dotted with almond groves and kitchens throughout the region make use of creamy almonds for soups, meat dishes, pastries and seasonal treats.

On February 10th every year, without fail and regardless of snow, rain or shine a truly magical act of nature takes place in the olive groves of Catalan, the almond trees blossom. Almost overnight the almonds prepare to share their beauty with the misty dawns and the chilly sunsets of late winter. The deep pinks and snowy whites of the rich almond blossoms surround the silvery leaves of the olives trees. The air is infused with the fragrant, delicate scent of the almond flowers.

Four weeks after flowering new almond nuts the size of thumbnails appear in bright green clusters, and rapidly increase in size as the warmer weather approaches. The almonds are irrigated through the hot summer months, which is vital to ensure perfect, fully flavoured nuts. Without irrigation a large percentage of the almonds would dry out and become what is called ‘tight skinned’ which are nor palatable or marketable.

Pic of Almonds The almonds are hand picked as soon as their outer velvety husks start to split. The Marcona are the first to be picked in late August and the Valencia in early September, each variety being kept separate. The husks are removed by hand and the nuts are then laid out on nets to dry in the sun, turning each net daily for a period of four days.

Ounce for ounce, almonds are one of the most nutritionally dense nuts. As well as providing an array of powerful flavonoids, almonds are among the richest sources of vitamin E in the diet. A one-ounce, 164-calorie serving of almonds, about a handful, is also a very good source of manganese, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2 and phosphorous, and delivers a heart healthy monounsaturated fat and other nutrients as well.

Almonds are an ancient food that has been written about in historical texts, including the Bible. The Romans referred to almonds as the ‘Greek Nut’ in reference to the civilization suggested to have first cultivated them. Almonds are now grown in many of the countries that boarder the Mediterranean Sea including Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco.

Almonds that are still in their shells have the longest shelf life. Refrigerated shelled almonds will keep for several months, while if stored in a freezer, almonds can keep for up to a year.

In addition to being eaten raw, almonds are a wonderful addition to a variety of recipes from salads to baked goods or sprinkled over desserts, particularly ice cream dishes.

Whole almonds can be chopped by hand or can be placed in the food processor. If using a food processor it is best to pulse on and of a few times, instead of running the blade constantly, as this will help ensure that you end up with chopped almonds rather than almond butter.

If you want to remove the almond skin, blanch them for a few minutes until you notice the almond skin beginning to swell. Drain them and then rinse them under cold water. Pinch the cooled almonds between your thumb and index finger and the skin should slide right off the almond meat.

The Marcona variety of almond, which is shorter, rounder, sweeter, and more delicate in texture than other varieties, originated in Spain and is becoming popular in North America and other parts of the world. Marcona almonds are traditionally served after being lightly fried in oil, and are also used by Spanish chefs to prepare a dessert called turrón.

*Source: gourmanbreaks.com

Seafood from Spain

Bonito del Norte - Premium White Fin Tuna in Olive Oil SF016
Whole fillets of the elusive white fin Bonito carefully packed in olive oil. Perfect for topping salads, making an unbeatably rich sandwich and for stuffing piquillo peppers.
Size: 4oz/111g net
Origin: Galicia, Spain
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Bonito del Norte - Premium White Fin Tuna in Olive Oil - 8 Pack SF016-S8
Whole fillets of the elusive white fin Bonito carefully packed in olive oil. Perfect for topping salads, making an unbeatably rich sandwich and for stuffing piquillo peppers.
Size: 32oz/888g net
Origin: Galicia, Spain
Details - Bonito del Norte - Premium White Fin Tuna in Olive Oil - 8 Pack SF016-S8
Mejillon - Premium Mussels in Galician Sauce SF011
Hand-shelled then carefully packed in a rich sauce with just a hint of vinegar and paprika, these truly are the best of Galicia.
Size: 4oz/111g net, about 8-12 count
Origin: Rias Gallegas (Galicia,) Spain
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Sardinillas - Premium Baby Sardines in Olive Oil SF017
Extra-small baby sardines from the coast of Galicia, carefully packed by hand and prepared in Spanish olive oil.
Size: 4oz/115g net, about 16-22 count
Origin: Galicia, Spain
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Zamburinas - Premium Scallops in Galician Sauce SF015
Much smaller and more tender than its domestic counterpart, the small and flavorful muscle of the Queen Scallop is sauteed with olive oil and paprika, then carefully packed by hand.
Size: 4oz/111g net
Origin: Galicia, Spain
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Chipirones - Premium Whole Baby Squid in Ink SF014
Petite baby squid perfectly capture the flavor of the sea with a rich sauce of their own ink, and seasoned with paprika and spices.
Size: 4oz/111g net, about 6-8 count
Origin: Galicia, Spain
Details - Chipirones - Premium Whole Baby Squid in Ink SF014
Pulpo - Premium Octopus in Olive Oil SF018
The famous giant octopus of Galicia is slow-cooked in a rich broth until tender, then carefully sliced and packed by hand.
Size: 4oz/111g net
Origin: Galicia, Spain
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Mackerel Fillets in Olive Oil SF009
After a slow toasting process, the fillets are canned by hand and bathed with olive oil. Its flavor increases over time, due to the repose and maturation in our warehouses.
Size: 4oz/115g net
Origin: Galicia, Spain
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Cockles in Brine ~ Bogar SF051
Galician cockles purified with sea water is one of the classics, perfect to tase in your most special moments.
Size: 4oz/111g net, about 45 -55 count
Origin: Rias Gallegas (Galicia) Spain
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Mussels in Galician Sauce boxed tin (Bogar brand) SF050
Packed in a rich sauce with just a hint of vinegar, paprika, sunflower oil, wine, salt, and natural flavor.
Size: 4oz/111g net, about 12 -16 count
Origin: Rias Gallegas (Galicia,) Spain
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Razor Clam pieces in Brine ~Bogar SF053
The razor clams are a seafood that will surprise you with its exquisite fleshy texture and soft flavor. They are ready to eat or add to seafood recipes.
Size: 4oz/111g net
Origin: Galicia, Spain
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Spicy Sardines in Oil ~ Bogar SF052
Galician sardines in spicy sunflower oil, with a smooth and juicy texture that make this one of our most exquisite delicacies. Its flavor increases over time due to the rest and maturation in our warehouses.
Size: 4oz/115g net, about 3-5 count
Origin: Rias Gallegas (Galicia) Spain
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Boquerones White Anchovies SF032
Fresh white anchovies in oil from the Bay of Biscay. Perfect as tapas with no preparation needed, just serve and enjoy.
Size: 3.53oz/100g net
Origin: Galicia, Spain
Details - Boquerones White Anchovies SF032
Chipirones Whole Baby Squid in Olive Oil SF029
Petite baby squid perfectly capture the flavor of the sea with nothing but their own juices and extra virgin olive oil.
Size: 4oz/111g net, about 6-8 count
Origin: Galicia, Spain
Details - Chipirones Whole Baby Squid in Olive Oil SF029
Pulpo Octopus in Galician Sauce SF028
The famous giant octopus of Galicia is slow-cooked in a rich broth until tender, then carefully sliced and packed by hand in a rich paprika-vinegar sauce.
Size: 4oz/111g net
Origin: Galicia, Spain
Details - Pulpo Octopus in Galician Sauce SF028