The almond tree is one of the most popular fruit trees in Tunisia. Its presence dates back to the Carthaginian times. Excavations have indeed shown the existence of drawings of almond trees and bark chips in the Punic tombs. This tree exists in almost all of the Tunisian territory. If you are in Tunisia during the spring season, visiting an almond tree field is a must, given the splendor of the landscape.
There are more than 6 million plants in Tunisia, 44% of them are young plantations. A wide range of almond varieties is spread all over the Tunisian territory. The Sfax region is the main almond producer. The varieties produced are local, like Ksontini, Achaak, Zaaf, Heuch Ben Ismail, Koukhi and Blanco; but also from elsewhere such as Ronde fine, Ne plus Ultras, Ai, Marcona, etc.
Almonds are used a lot in the Tunisian traditional pastry. It is a basic ingredient in various types of desserts such as “Baklawa” and “Kaak Warka”. Almonds are also consumed fresh, salted or dried. Orgeat is a beverage that is made out of bitter almonds. Tunisians enjoy it mostly in weddings, the day the marriage contract is signed.