It’s believed that the name for Jordan Almonds does not come from Jordan, but is a corruption of the French word "jardin" (garden) because these almonds were grown in gardens.
Traditionally, five Jordan Almonds are wrapped in tulle and tied with a ribbon. The five almonds represent happiness, health, wealth, fertility and long life. The almonds should always be given in an odd number representing the indivisibility of the marriage bond. They’re also bitter and sweet – symbolizing the duality of married life and representing the hope that with sugarcoating, the couple will have a life that’s more sweet than bitter. The egg shape of Jordan Almonds are a symbol of fertility.
There’s a poem that’s associated with this tradition and that is sometimes attached to the bag of almonds:
Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat
To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet.
Five wishes for the new husband and wife –
Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!
Specific colors are often used for different occasions: White Jordan Almonds are used for weddings. Blue and pink for baby showers and for baptisms (in Greece). Red ones are given at graduations and green ones for engagements.
Generally, one can say that Jordan Almonds represent the hope that life may be more sweet than bitter!
Image: Tovana Crafts
Please let us know in the comments below if Jordan Almonds or other favors are given out for weddings and showers in your country/culture, being sure to let us know where you’re from!
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