It is highly probable that the almond tree originated in southwest Asia from Anatolia to Uzbekistan. Today almond plantations can be found in the USA, the Mediterranean region, Australia, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. Pakka almonds come from the valleys of the Karakorum Mountains in northern Pakistan.
The almond tree is robust, likes stony soils, sunny slopes and altitudes between 700 and 1700 m.a.s.l. Strictly speaking, almonds are not nuts but kernels and therefore belong to the stone fruits. The blossoming time, the harvest time and the size of the almond depend on the altitude of the growing area. The typical almond tree in Pakistan is a mixture of wild, old varieties with relatively small fruits.