Almonds are a part of the peach family. The crop has grown and grown over the years and it is now the biggest California crop - 80% of the world supply. The crop is around 2 billion pounds and each year it grows bigger. People have grown to love the almond. It is used in all sorts of cooking dishes. as a snack food - it is second only to the peanut. A lot of people think of the almond in terms of their health. They take a few almonds daily and that seems to improve their overall health benefits.