Recipe: Olive Oil-Poached Green Almonds

Meet fresh green almonds, the springtime treasure you should eat now

Fuzzy green almonds look a little bit like edamame pods crossed with an unripe peach, with the small, soft nut hidden in the center. Seeing as they're in season for a hot second in spring, the time to eat them is now-though you don't typically eat them raw. When cooked, green almonds have a pleasant acidity similar to olives. We poach them in olive oil flavored with orange, thyme and chile for a spin on a classic hors d'oeuvre.

You can find green almonds at almost any farmers' market or specialty produce store, but they will be gone soon, so cook them while they last.

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Olive Oil-Poached Green Almonds
5 from 63 ratings
Get familiar with fresh green almonds, the springtime treasures that are best served poached in olive oil.
Prep Time
Cook Time
to 8 servings
Total time: 35 minutes
  • 1 pound green almonds, washed and trimmed
  • 5 cups olive oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 orange, zest peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 dried Calabrian chile pepper
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  1. In a medium saucepan, add all the ingredients over medium heat. Bring to a light simmer, then cook until the almonds are tender, 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the almonds to cool completely in the oil.
  2. Once cooled, use a slotted spoon to transfer the green almonds to a serving bowl, then season again with salt. Serve with toothpicks as an hors d'oeuvre.
Calories per Serving 1,538
Total Fat 163.4 g
Saturated Fat 20.8 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 16.1 g
Dietary Fiber 7.8 g
Total Sugars 5.0 g
Sodium 520.2 mg
Protein 12.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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