The almond tree known under the Latin name “prunus dulcis” is a member of the rose family and hence closely related to the cherry, peach, apricot and rose. Cultivation of this frost-sensitive tree dates back around 4000 years. Almonds thrive particularly well in a warm climate and are grown, for example, in the vicinity of Alicante in Southern Spain.
Aromatic almonds from southern climes are the most important raw ingredient in the production of high-quality Niederegger marzipan. Almond trees bloom from January to February. The vast groves then burst into magnificent displays of white and pink blossom. At this time of year, the managing directors and proprietors of the Niederegger family business, the Strait family, examine the quality of the blooms in person.
From March onwards, there is nothing more to be seen of the almond blossom. Harvesting takes place from early to mid September. The edible almond kernel is enclosed in a hard protective shell. After harvesting, the almonds are shelled, selected and packed locally ready for transport.
On arrival in Lübeck, the quality of every single consignment is checked once again by an independent laboratory before the almonds are released for production.