almonds.JPGAlmond trees are closely related to peaches and resemble them in form and pruning technique.   Almonds have the highest protein content of all the nuts, and are rich in monounsaturated fats, calcium, vitamin E, (a natural anti-oxidant), and trace minerals.  They are however, challenging to grow in the Klamath Trinity region.  They are the earliest of any fruit or nut trees to bloom, so the blossoms are often knocked off by winter rains, and are subject to a variety of diseases.  Commerical almonds require supplemental beehoves to ensure pollination and good yields, so you can expect lower yields on homegrown trees.  Most almond varieties require a pollinizer, but All-In-One is a self fertile, semi-dwarf variety that has produced crops in the Orleans area.  Titan is a late blooming, cold-hardy variety that is pollinized by peach; trial in Orleans have yielded a good, healthy tree but marginal almond set.