Almonds are universally loved for their light, sophisticated flavor, and they also have a robust history. The early Romans showered newlyweds with almonds for fertility, and in Southern Europe, almonds were honored as a symbol of good luck. In America, gifts of almonds represent happiness, romance, good health and fortune.
An attempt to grow almonds in New England in 1840 failed because of the severe climate, but in 1843 almond trees brought from the East Coast to California thrived. Thus, California is now the only Almond producing state in the country.