Brown branches that turn grayish with age; light-green leaves with finely serrated margins; pinkish-white flowers with five petals and long stamens; fruit has thin outer flesh and a hard inner shell that protect the familiar almond nut.
Woodlands and shrublands in the highlands, including Irbid, Amman, and Wadi Dana.
Late winter and early spring. Flowers appear before leaves.
Edible nuts. Almonds have a toxin that gives them their distinctive bitter flavor, which is removed by roasting or leaching. Among the cultivated varieties is the Jordan almond that produces sweeter almonds with smaller toxin amounts.