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Why is it that sometimes raw almonds taste like cherries, other times they taste bland and mildly sweet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 20, 2013 at 3:48 AM

Does it have to do with the freshness of the almonds? Where they were grown? How they were grown? The type of almonds?

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on June 20, 2013
at 04:49 PM

@ivymcivy that's what I said :-) *"Stone fruit" are fruit of the genus prunus.*

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on June 20, 2013
at 04:44 PM

A cherry IS a prunus, and cherry notes are common in some varieties of almonds, as are almond notes in many varieties of cherries - different trees are hybridized for different flavor profiles.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 20, 2013
at 12:19 PM

Almonds are the "stone" of a cultivar of stone fruit. Cherries are a stone fruit, as well. "Stone fruit" are fruit of the genus prunus. Almonds are closest related to peaches and apricots. "Bitter almonds" are actually the stone of apricots (the extract flavor is used in Italian drinks and cookies a lot).

So, it's not surprising that you are getting notes of cherry flavor from almonds. I would say that the potency of the flavor is because of the freshness (roasted almonds will probably not have this at all). This sounds similar to being able to "smell citrus" but also distinguish between the different varieties thereof.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

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on June 20, 2013
at 04:44 PM

A cherry IS a prunus, and cherry notes are common in some varieties of almonds, as are almond notes in many varieties of cherries - different trees are hybridized for different flavor profiles.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on June 20, 2013
at 04:49 PM

@ivymcivy that's what I said :-) *"Stone fruit" are fruit of the genus prunus.*

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on June 20, 2013
at 04:29 PM

I have no answer for this, but I had to comment. I thought I was the only one that noticed the flavor of cherry in almonds. I have found that I only get the cherry flavor when the almonds are raw. If I roast them, the cherry flavor does disappear. I just always thought it was a particular brand I was buying. Thanks greymouser for the information. That makes a lot of sense.

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on October 23, 2013
at 11:00 PM

In fact, maraschino cherries have, at times, been flavored by almond extract. Fresh cherries get their flavor from a chemical that actually breaks down into the chemical (benzaldehyde) that gives almonds their flavor.

And that's aside from, as others have mentioned, the fact that cherry and almond trees are closely related, anyway.

So the relationship is VERY close.

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