Throughout history, almonds have been enjoyed not only for their delicate, versatile flavor and great crunch, but also their legendary healthful properties. Almonds are California’s largest tree nut crop in total dollar value and acreage. They rank as the largest U.S. horticultural export. Approximately 6,000 almond growers produce nearly 100% of the commercial domestic supply and more than 80% of worldwide production. Nearly 80 countries import California almonds.
Mariani Nut processes and markets both shelled and inshell almonds.
A portion of almonds received at our plant come from huller/shellers located throughout the state and are already in the shelled form. The first step for incoming product is to be run through cleaning equipment to remove any foreign material that remains from the field. The almonds are then run through sizing machines, which create uniform lots and allow the customer to receive a consistent product for the desired end application. From here, the almonds are run through a series of electronic machines that enable us to remove the desired level of minor defects, (chips, scratch, etc.).
Finally, the product is run through a final visual hand sort and is ready for packaging.
At the processing plant, a random sample of almond shells are cracked open and the nuts inside are graded according to size and quality. Almonds are inspected to make sure they are whole, clean, and well-dried.
To find out everything you’d like to know about almonds, visit the Almond Board of California website.