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|Origin||Long Road, Noble City|
|Founded||2008 by Lars|
|Owner(s)||Lars Washington (100%)|
Luz Garden is an almond orchard in the West End of Long Road, a southern Noble City neighborhood. Mid April 2008, Lars Washington took the initiative to invest in an almond Orchard in the booming agricultural area of Noble City. The Luz Garden almond orchard is laid out in a regular grid, with mown grass that makes maintenance and almond gathering easy.
With the words: Almonds, a fruit worthy our great and beloved King Dimitri I, Lars Washington offered the first almond tree blossoms to His Majesty Dimitri I on April 27, hoping this would bring fortune to the Kingdom of Lovia.
Culinary and other uses Edit
The almond, known as the king of nuts among dry fruit, is a highly nutritious food and Lars Washington feels confident the taste of the first harvested Lovian almonds which will be ready by August-September will enchant many fellow citizens.
Almond syrup Edit
Historically, almond syrup was an emulsion of sweet and bitter almonds usually made with barley syrup (orgeat syrup) or in a syrup of orange-flower water and sugar.
The sweet almonds from Luz Garden will be used in marzipan, nougat, and macaroons, as well as other desserts.
Almond oil Edit
The sweet almond oil is obtained from the dried kernel of the plant. This oil has been traditionally used by massage therapists to lubricate the skin during a massage session, being considered by many to be an effective emollient.
Health benefits Edit
Edgar Cayce, a man regarded as the father of American holistic medicine, also highly favoured the almond. In his readings, Cayce often recommended that almonds be included in the diet. Claimed health benefits include improved complexion, improved movement of food through the colon and the prevention of cancer. Recent research associates the inclusion of almonds in the diet with elevating the blood levels of high density lipoproteins and of lowering the levels of low density lipoproteins.
A controlled trial showed that 73g of almonds in the daily diet reduced LDL cholesterol by as much as 9.4%, reduced the LDL:HDL ratio by 12.0%, and increased HDL-cholesterol (i.e., the good cholesterol) by 4.6%.