America's most consumed nut. The luscious mildly buttery nutty sweet taste is welcomed in any chocolate lovers' chocolate. When you think of nuts you think of Almonds. A must on most chocolates, but there are so many other nut choices , so be adventurous. Almonds are the leading source of monounsaturated fat, about 64 percent is monounsaturated. This "good" fat. The almond is a native to the Mediterranean climate region of the Middle East. It was spread by humans in ancient times along the shores of the Mediterranean into northern Africa and southern Europe and more recently transported to other parts of the world, notably California, where 80% of the world's commercial almond crop is now grown. All almonds from CA, even the "raw" almonds are pasteurized, as required by CA law.