The rise of the American almond craze in one nutty chart

Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post (6 August 2014)

America has a new favorite nut. The country’s appetite for almonds has grown by more than 220 percent since 2005–far faster than demand for pecans, walnuts, macadamias, pistachios, cashews, or peanuts. The rise is even more startling when compared to the early 1970s, when the average American ate just over a quarter of a pound of almonds per year. Now they consume more than two pounds per year.  America’s love affair with almonds is such that not even peanuts can compete anymore. In 2012 Americans ate more almonds per capita than shelled and unshelled snack peanuts combined (not including peanut butter). more