Which almond type whether Mamra, Gulbandi or Californian is better?

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Almonds are considered to be full of essential vitamins E and vitamin B2. These nuts are a major source of minerals such as manganese, magnesium, tryptophan, copper, and phosphorus.

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Consuming nearly 1/4 cup of almonds in a day fulfill the following percentages of your need for the vitamins and minerals:

  •  45% manganese

  •  20% copper

  •  6% vitamin B2

  •  6% magnesium

  •  8% phosphorus

  • 44.8% vitamin E

  • 8% tryptophan

Almonds are a rich source of calcium, selenium, potassium, zinc, and iron.

California Almonds:

California Almond if roasted in the oven without any trace of oil, Mamra will start losing oil as soon as they are heated up.

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Mamra Almonds:

They are considered to be 10 times richer in dietary content than the California almond. California Almonds are often pasteurized for obtaining almond oil, thus they lack some essential contents.  Mamra is usually thin in shape and the California is big and also fat.

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Almond lies on the topmost position in the list of the nuts and has huge benefits. It contains an abundant source of nutrients mainly magnesium, manganese, protein, fiber and Vitamin E and is a rich source of antioxidants. These prominent varieties of almonds are available in the Indian market and are grown in specific areas of the world. 

Mamra is grown in Afganistan and Iran accounting for just 4% of almonds in the world whereas California almonds have 85% stake in the market and have a high yield as well as productivity. Due to high production, their market price is low and are easily available. Talking about the Gurbani almonds, which are also imported from Afganistan and yield is sometimes bitter due to the high concentration of oils. These are also known as ‘choti giri’ and is an essential food for natives of Kabul.

Marma is known for its high carbohydrate content and oil and also has the most calorie in caparison to the other two categories. It has less protein content than California almond and is also rich in sugar content than the other two, and is therefore considered as an energy snack.

Gurbandi Almonds:

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Gurbani is rich in various nutrients like omega 3, Vitamin E and some phytochemicals. These are generally small in size and gives abundant energy. It serves as a snack and is used in many Oils and cosmetics.      

The method of production of Marma sets it aside from the California and Gurbandis, as these are cultivated through organic methods without using any chemicals and are produced in the most natural state. Whereas the California almond goes through a number of chemical processing and is also treated with high heat which reduces its healthy oil content. They taste sweet due to the chemical processing and hence, they should be used for garnishing purposes. Therefore, if compared the Marma and Gurbandi almonds are the best for direct consumption.

The classification of California almond includes a variety of almonds that are blanch-able and are primarily used in manufactured products. These are kernel shaped and have other surface characteristics. These are quite adaptable and well suited for any process or application.

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