About Almonds

From Orchard to Table

Crunching into an almond, it's hard to imagine the journey that little tree nut took to make its way to your mouth. The almond lifecycle has many stages and an abundance of natural beauty, and here's your chance to explore it all from start to finish.

Downtime

November through February, almond trees go through a period of dormancy when the cold weather lets them sit back, relax and store up almond nutrients for next year`s crop.

Downtime

From Orchard to Table

Crunching into an almond, it's hard to imagine the journey that little tree nut took to make its way to your mouth. The almond lifecycle has many stages and an abundance of natural beauty, and here's your chance to explore it all from start to finish.

Bloom

Between late February and early March, almond tree buds burst into beautiful light pink and white blooms in preparation for pollination. Nonpareils are among the first to bloom, while other varieties, such as Carmel and Mission, bloom later.

Bloom

From Orchard to Table

Crunching into an almond, it's hard to imagine the journey that little tree nut took to make its way to your mouth. The almond lifecycle has many stages and an abundance of natural beauty, and here's your chance to explore it all from start to finish.

Pollination

Many almond trees are not self-pollinating, so bees provide the missing piece of the puzzle. Populations of bees are brought to the orchard to carry pollen and initiate crop development.

Pollination

From Orchard to Table

Crunching into an almond, it's hard to imagine the journey that little tree nut took to make its way to your mouth. The almond lifecycle has many stages and an abundance of natural beauty, and here's your chance to explore it all from start to finish.

Growing Up

From March to June, almonds continue to mature, with the shell hardening and kernel forming. Also at this time, green almonds are harvested for various culinary uses. 

Growing Up

From Orchard to Table

Crunching into an almond, it's hard to imagine the journey that little tree nut took to make its way to your mouth. The almond lifecycle has many stages and an abundance of natural beauty, and here's your chance to explore it all from start to finish.

Cracking Open

In July and early August, almond hulls begin to split open exposing the almond shell and allowing it to dry. Shortly before harvest, the hulls open completely.

Cracking Open

From Orchard to Table

Crunching into an almond, it's hard to imagine the journey that little tree nut took to make its way to your mouth. The almond lifecycle has many stages and an abundance of natural beauty, and here's your chance to explore it all from start to finish.

Harvest

From mid-August through October, mechanical tree "shakers" harvest the almonds by vigorously shaking them to the ground. The almonds then dry naturally for 8-10 days in the orchard before they are swept into rows and picked up by machine. 

Harvest

From Orchard to Table

Crunching into an almond, it's hard to imagine the journey that little tree nut took to make its way to your mouth. The almond lifecycle has many stages and an abundance of natural beauty, and here's your chance to explore it all from start to finish.

Shelling & Sizing

After harvest, almonds go to a huller/sheller where the kernels pass through a roller to remove the hull, shell and any remaining debris. Next stop: the handler for sizing, where the almond kernels drop into separate bins according to size.

Shelling & Sizing

From Orchard to Table

Crunching into an almond, it's hard to imagine the journey that little tree nut took to make its way to your mouth. The almond lifecycle has many stages and an abundance of natural beauty, and here's your chance to explore it all from start to finish.

Storage

After sizing, almonds are kept in controlled storage conditions to maintain quality until they're either shipped or further processed into any variety of different almond forms for diverse culinary uses.

Storage