California Almond Facts

The earliest varieties of almonds were found in China.

Almond trees were carried to Europe along the Silk Road.

Almonds are mentioned in the Bible and were an important ingredient in bread served to the Egyptian pharos.

California Almonds Fact

The Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm.

Almond trees were brought to California from Spain in the 1700’s by Franciscan missionaries.

Almonds are really a stone fruit but are eaten as nuts.

Almonds need 180-240 days to mature.

Almond trees do not require any more water than other fruits.

California’s Central Valley is the world’s leading producer of almonds.

Almonds are grown on roughly 13% of the state’s irrigated farmland but only use 9% of the state’s agricultural water.

Water use per acre is far below that used for pasture land, rice, corn, alfalfa, cotton and most other field crops.

Almond trees bloom in the cold wet weather.

Almonds prefer hot dry weather during their growing season.

Most almonds are harvested in August and September.

Almonds are harvested by shaking the trees.

The most popular shelled variety is the Nonpareil.

There are 104,000 almond related jobs in California: 97,000 in the Central Valley.

California Almonds are imported to almost 100 countries around the globe.

Germany is the state’s largest export market, receiving 25% of the export crop.

If you want organic or conventional almonds contact American Export House.

Source: Almond Board of California

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