- Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of tree. Within the genus Prunes, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdales’, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.
- The fruit of the almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed, which is not a true nut, inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are sold shelled or unshelled. Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seed coat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.