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Belonging to the Rosaceae family (apple, peach, cherry, etc.), the almond tree (Prunus dulcis) is a self-sterile tree that requires pollen from other trees for fruiting, hence the importance of pollinating insects. It is a relatively cold-resistant species that requires short winters and hot summers. It also needs light, sun, and dry air. It grows up to an altitude of 2450m with an optimum growth at 750m. It can adapt to any well-drained soil but dislikes alkaline soils and suffocating clayey soils. Thanks to its early flowering (December to March), it is the first fruit tree to bloom at the end of winter, a period when it still freezes in the morning. However, its orchards already beautify the winter landscape with pink and white colors. Its fruit is rich in oil, proteins, carbohydrates, and vitamins. It also has cosmetic, softening, and moisturizing properties.

Tafraout, located amidst the foothills of the majestic Anti-Atlas range,proudly assumes the prestigious role as the regional capital. This gives it the honor of hosting the annual almond festival in mid-March, a four-day celebration that includes artistic performances, fantasia, sports, cultural activities, exhibitions, gastronomy, and more. It creates a captivating and special atmosphere that attracts a large number of visitors to the city.

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