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Almond Blossom Photos

Updated on December 7, 2013

When the almond trees are in blossom in early spring in Valencia, they are a sight to behold.

Fields and fields filled with blossom, ranging in color from white, through pale pink to deep pink.

It is a wonderful experience to amble through the fields and breathe in the glorious scent that fills the air, and listen to the hum of bees busy pollinating the flowers to produce this years crop of almonds.

The flowering period only lasts a week or two, then you have to wait a whole year before they put on such a fine display again.

When the breeze blows as the blossom starts to drop, the air is filled with snow-like flakes, like confetti falling on the new bride of spring, with the promise of things to come.

Almonds trees have grown in Valencia for over 1000 years, and Spain today is the second largest producer of almonds in the world, after the United States.

California contains the largest almond growing production areas in the world, producing a massive 68% of the supply, while Spain lags behind at 16%. Interestingly, it was the Franciscan monks who introduced the almond tree to America in the mid 1700s, from Spain.

The almond tree originated in the Mediterranean climate of the Middle East.

Spanish almonds are full of flavour and are of the highest quality, but the trees are nowhere near as productive as the California trees, as the soil in Spain is poor and very few trees are afforded the luxury of irrigation.

Having said that, Spain uses a huge amount of almonds, and only export a fraction of what they produce.

The Spanish people are very fond of a sweet called turrĂ³n, that is made primarily from a mixture of almonds and sugar and the shops are always well-stocked with it.

Amaretto is a liqueur made from almond extract and very nice it is with Coco-cola.

Almond trees, prunus dulcis, or sweet almond, normally have white flowers. The pink and deep pink varieties come under the so-called bitter almonds which are used more for flavouring extracts and for making liqueurs and medicines.

The tree is usually reproduced by grafting or budding, as they do not throw out suckers from the base, and it is impossible to get cuttings to root.

They can be grown from seedlings (which do not come true to the parent), or by grafting the variety of choice onto a seedling.

I've enclosed a few full sized photographs of the almond trees in full bloom, below.

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    • IzzyM profile image
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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks for that - they were only taken with a phone camera too. I've got the new photos for the new hub, just haven't started it yet.

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      charanjeet kaur 8 years ago from Delhi

      Cant wait to see the other hub Izzy, your shots are just amazing.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      You're welcome :)

      The trees have all gone into leaf now and they are still beautiful with their pale green leaves against the dark bark. I feel another hub coming on :)

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      charanjeet kaur 8 years ago from Delhi

      I always have almonds, but never knew the trees looked so beautifl. The photography is excellent with the most scenic shots. Love them they really look out of this world. Thanks for sharing.

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Its early spring I guess. The temperatures have heated up again to about 20C during the day and not falling much below 10C at night but the grape vines aren't in leaf yet.

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      Cathi Sutton 8 years ago

      Absolutely lovely! Is it Spring there now? How I would love to stroll through an almond grove and smell the beautiful smell! I use sweet almond oil instead of hand lotion, and add it to my soap when I make a batch. But I've never seen an almond tree. More's the pity! Thank you so much!

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      Lovely photographs....I love almonds (first thing I have in the morning, great for eye sight too), but the trees just take your breath away...! Thanks for sharing these...:)

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      UlrikeGrace 8 years ago from Canada

      How beautiful, I have never seen an almond tree and some of the information you shared surprised me. Thanks

      UlrikeGrace

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thankyou :)

      Woould you believe the pics were taken with a mobile? The light makes all the difference.

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      wolfpack5 8 years ago from Alberta Canada

      IzzyM, beautiful pics of the tree's. very nice hub :)

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Actually the deep pink ones, the so-called bitter almonds, smell of marzipan!

      It's hard to describe the scent in the air but it is heavenly. I keep glancing the mountains at the back of my house and thinking there is snow on the lower levels but it isn't, its the white almond blossom!

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      Rose West 8 years ago from Michigan

      I never knew that almond trees were so beautiful! I wonder what the flowers smell like. Thanks for a great hub!

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      IzzyM 8 years ago from UK

      Thanks to you both Jayjay and Sage :)

      It is beautiful and I just wanted to share!

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      Beautiful photos IzzyM and a very interesting hub, the almond trees are beautiful

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      Sage Williams 8 years ago

      Oh how beautiful, I would love to be there to inhale the aroma. I am a real nut when it comes to almonds. Amaretto is one of my favorite liqueurs. Great Job!

      Sage

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