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Almonds...bitter or sweet?

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We recently bought a house that has 6 almond trees in the yard. I have no idea if they are sweet or bitter. Is there a way to identify the trees before harvesting? If they are bitter, I'll save the trouble and give them to the squirrels! We r in Southern California. Would love some help with figuring out what kind of trees we have!

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  1. Take pictures, leaves, blossoms, maybe even a bark or twig sample - fruit samples as well - to your local extension agency and ask for help. Hopefully they will be able to help identify the trees.

    Make sure you are clear about which samples/pictures correspond to which tree!

    1. I agree with the extension idea, but I don't imagine most home growers cultivate bitter almonds.