Almond (Prunus amygdalina) is the source of sweet 
oil of almonds which was used to treat anterior segment 
inflammation. According to Greek mythology, the gods
turned  Phyllis into an almond tree when she died of 
grief after being deserted by her lover Demophoon. 
When Demophoon returned and was shown the leafless, 
flowerless and forlorn tree; he clasped the tree in his
arms where upon it burst forth into bloom - an emblem 
of love even in death. Almond contains about 20% 
protein and practically no starch. It is ground into flour
to make cakes and biscuits for patients suffering from
diabetes mellitus.