Almonds are high in manganese, vitamin E and magnesium. As they have a high fat content, it is important to store them properly to stop them from becoming rancid. Store shelled almonds in a tightly sealed container, in a cool dry place away from exposure to sunlight. Almonds and nut flours can be stored in the refrigerated for several months, and in the freezer for up to a year. Almonds still in their shell have the longest shelf life.
Almond meal is the same as almond flour.
Here are some of the Australian companies that can supply you with bulk quantities of almond flour for cooking:
Kumari Spices and Things
$13.30 per kilogram. No minimum amount.
199 Robinson Road, Geebung.
Phone: 07 3265-2099
Mrs Flannerys Natural Grocers
Sells almond meal for $18.99 per kilogram. No minimum amount.
Prices current as of August 2011.