The Almond Tree originated from Western Asia and Northern Africa. It belongs to the same tree family as the cherry, plum, peach, and apricot. The almond tree looks similar to a peach or apricot. However, instead of a sweet flesh and sour kernel, the almond has a sour flesh and a sweet kernel. Though in the same family of these other fruits, an Almond is considered a nut tree. The almond nut is not only very delicious but is very healthy for you, as well. It is high in protein and contains high levels of antioxidant flavonoids. The oil extracted from almonds is used as flavoring in cooking and used for medicinal purposes. There are many types of almonds that produce nuts of varying quality. Willis Orchard Company only offers the sweet nut producing almonds used in culinary delights, such as the famous marzipan pastry or ground nuts in cookies and chocolates.