Why Do People Give Jordan Almonds at Weddings?

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Why Do People Give Jordan Almonds at Weddings?
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Jordan almonds are popular favours for wedding receptions. A Jordan almond is a fresh almond that is enclosed in a hard, sugary coating. These edible favours have a rich cultural meaning, particularly at Italian and Greek weddings.

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The bittersweet flavour of almonds is a symbol for life. The sugar coating signifies the hope the sweet will outweigh the bitter in the newlyweds' life.


At traditional Italian weddings, guests receive five almonds. The five almonds stand for health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity, which are wishes for the newlyweds. At Greek wedding receptions, Jordan almonds are called "koufetta," and an odd number are given to guests. Since odd numbers are indivisible, the wedding favours symbolise the bride and groom living undivided as husband and wife.


At Italian weddings, wedding coordinators place five Jordan almonds in tulle bags called "bomboniere" and add them to each guest's place setting. At Greek wedding receptions, the almonds are wrapped in small bags and placed on silver trays at each table.


Jordan almonds can be found in several colours, from pastels to metallics. While you can choose any colour, white almonds are the most traditional for wedding favours.


Jordan almonds remain fresh for six months to a year. Store them in an airtight container.

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