One thing I found at the Penticton Farmer's Market that I was not expecting to
see was locally grown almonds.
The vendor offered The Boy and I one to sample, and they were
delicious and such a cool find, I had to buy a bag.
Here's what they looked like - they had a beautiful green grey velvety outer shell.
The outer shell was split open, so it was easy to pull the seed out.
It looks almost like a small peach pit.
Along one side of the shell is a ridge. The shell is soft, so it's easy to pull/tear
off the ridge down the side of the shell.
Pull the shell open, and.....
There is the almond!
Now repeat that for a whole bag, by yourself while sitting on a hotel bed. It gets old pretty fast.
I was so excited by the purchase, and trying to keep an eye on all the family at the busy market, that I didn't think to ask the vendor how long they would keep, or any details like that.
I did a quick search on the internet on my phone, but didn't see anything about storing or keeping them, so we ate them quickly. The texture was a bit softer than almonds you'd buy in the store, and slightly more delicious. A fun find on our trip.