The Hebrew Scriptures mention almonds ten times, the first mention being in Genesis, where the almond is referred to as “among the best of fruits.” Maybe that’s why the seven-branched candelabra used in the Temple was designed to resemble almond branches topped with blossoms. Also, the almond tree is the first tree to bloom in Israel.
Maybe that’s why almonds are a popular ingredient in both Ashkenazi and Sfardi baking. For a truly exquisite taste of Jewish baking, try making the Moroccan almond cigars HERE. You can store them in the freezer unbaked and put them in the oven when guests knock on the door, so you can offer them something fresh, hot, and sweet!
Perfect Jewish hospitality.