Almonds (lat. Prunus dulcis, in the past – Prunus amygdalus or Amygdalus communis) is a shrub or small tree from the subgenus Almonds (Amygdalus) of the genus Plum. In cooking, almond seeds are used in food fresh, fried, salted, and also as a spice in the preparation of various products from dough, sweets, chocolate, liquors, to which they give a delicate taste. Of the almond flavor liqueurs, Italian amaretto is best known. Almond seed shells are used to flavor and improve the color of alcoholic beverages, and activated carbon is made from it.