In Isreal, the white blossoms of the sweet almond are the first to appear in springtime. The almond is revered for providing abundant food, medicine, and oil with little human effort. In Numbers 17:8, an almond branch, (the Rod of Aaron), was thrust into the ground, miraculously broke into bloom and bore fruit inside a tent.
In medieval England, the gift of a few sugared almonds wrapped in netting and tied with a ribbon was a traditional baptismal gift. The almond symbolizes the expectation that the seed of God is planted within the newly baptized and may bear fruit daily to His glory.