I was at Sprouts the other day when I came across Jordan almonds in Christmas colors.
Which got me curious. Where did this tradition come from and why is it usually associated with weddings?
Apparently, the hard sugar-coated almonds date back to the introduction of sugarcane to Europe. Before that, there was fruit or honeyed covered almonds that are recorded back to the ancient Roman period.
And still they were associated with weddings. Apparently, to remind the bride and groom of the good and bad times ahead (sweet and bitter).
They were also eaten in odd numbers to symbolized the equal bond between husband, wife, and their children (in 3s) or when in 5s wishing the couple— Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life.
Until next time