How Do You Pronounce “Almond”?

Shaking the Almond Trees

Silly question. You pronounce it “all-mond, right?” Well, maybe, if you live almost everywhere in the United States. But not if you live in Chico, CA! Here we say “am-end” with “am” pronounced like “Sam.” Where on earth did that come from? If you ask farmers, they’ll pretty much tell you the same joke: that […]

Posted on September 26th, 2019

It’s Almond Shaking Season!

Shaking the Almond Trees

It’s the most wonderful time of the year— almond shaking season when we knock the “l” from the almonds. (We say “ah-mond” here in Chico, with “ah” pronounced like “Sam.”) Between mid-August and October, 80% of the world’s almonds are shaken from the trees in California. Some say the season actually begins in Chico. And […]

Posted on September 5th, 2019

Fun Facts About the Pistachio

Pistachios

Fact #1: Pistachios are associated with happiness! The pistachio is known as the “happy nut” in China and the “smiling nut” in Iran because if you look at the nut in its shell it looks like it is smiling. The nuts are often given as a gift during the Chinese New Year because they symbolize […]

Posted on August 6th, 2019

When Almond Hulls Split

Almond Hull split

We’re seeing our first hull splits! That means harvest time is on its way! Really? Well, not right away, but splits in July indicate a phase in the lifetime of the almond that lets us know that things are proceeding at a good pace. After almond bloom season in February and March, almond fruits start […]

Posted on July 25th, 2019

Kosher Nuts and Nut Products from Maisie Jane’s

kosher in metal letters on wood background

Actually, all of Maisie Jane’s products are certified Kosher. What does that mean? Technically, it means that the food product is made in ways that comply with biblical Jewish law. So, for example, it will not contain certain foods like pork that observant orthodox Jews are not allowed to eat. Also, Jewish law insists that […]

Posted on July 18th, 2019

Almonds are Mutant Superheroes

Almonds Cracking Open

In superhero comics mutants are a frequently feared and misunderstood subgroup of humans with amazing powers that they use to save the day. Generally thought of as monsters or freaks of nature, an entire genre of comic books and movies stems from their struggle to help the rest of the world accept them as potentially […]

Posted on July 10th, 2019

How Almond Growers Help the Local Economy

Almonds Cracking Open in July and August

Did you know that 80% of the world’s almonds are grown right here in California? California also supplies 100% of the almonds sold in the United States. In 2016 that amounted to 2.15 billion pounds of nut meat (shelled nuts) valued at $5.2 billion in worth and $21 billion in economic revenue when products made […]

Posted on June 11th, 2019

When Good Almonds Go Bad

Dry Roasted Almonds

Everyone knows how good almonds are for you. They’re one of the healthiest snacks you can eat. A handful a day can help lower your cholesterol, is good for your heart, good for your brain, and can even help you lose weight! But can a good nut go bad? You know what I mean. You […]

Posted on June 4th, 2019

Bringing Home the Cashew

Cashews growing on a tree

Did you know that Americans eat 90% of the world’s cashew crop? We’re crazy about them! And for good reason: they’re delicious! AND nutritious. And, even though, I typically just eat them by the handful, they’re wonderfully versatile to cook with, too. So you’d think that the United States would be # 1 in growing […]

Posted on May 21st, 2019

Whatever Happened to Red Pistachios?

Roasted Salted Pistachios

Do you remember red pistachios? I do! In fact, when I was a child pistachios were considered a treat because they were expensive, almost always imported, and they all had shells that were dyed red. Now, I don’t miss the red color—it always distressed me. But I’ve always wondered: why were they dyed red and […]

Posted on April 11th, 2019