When is a Nut not a Nut

mixed nuts

Well, to be perfectly honest, very few of the nuts we sell at Maisie Jane’s are actually nuts from a botanical point of view! Except for maybe walnuts and pecans—people debate about whether those are botanically nuts. They’re known as known as “drupaceous nuts” which means that they share characteristics of drupes and also of […]

Posted on March 12th, 2020

Almond Blossoms Bring in the Spring

Pink Almond Blossoms

“When an almond tree became covered with blossoms in the heart of winter, all the trees around it began to jeer. ‘What vanity,’ they screamed, ‘what insolence! Just think, it believes it can bring spring in this way!’ The flowers of the almond tree blushed for shame. ‘Forgive me, my sisters,’ said the tree. ‘I […]

Posted on February 13th, 2020

Entrance of the Flower

almond blossoms

Today, as I write this blog post, is the traditional day of celebration in Torrent, Spain called La entrada de la flor or the Entrance of the Flower. On February 1st, in the Valencian community, the Confrerie of the Mother of God make an offering of a branch of the first blooming almond tree to […]

Posted on February 4th, 2020

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