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

Enjoy the Legendary Cashew Nut

Have you ever seen cashews growing on the tree? They are so weird-looking! The seed (what we call the “nut”) actually grows outside the bell-shaped fruit— like a clapper on the bell. Understandably, people have been curious about why they grow that way. In the Philippines there is even a popular folk legend about it: […]

Posted on April 2nd, 2019

Make Almond Thandai for the Holi Festival

Thandai

In just two days it will be Holi Festival time—the festival of love and color celebrated many places in the world but particularly in India and Nepal. It’s a Hindu religious festival that has become popular with many non-Hindu people because it is just so joyous and fun! In fact, that’s the point. It celebrates […]

Posted on March 19th, 2019

Bring In the Wealth of Pistachios

Pistachios

Did you know that if you dream of eating pistachios that you’re dreaming about wealth or prosperity? Yup! Especially if you come from the Middle East, the region where pistachios originated, eating pistachios is associated with blessings of all sorts. If the pistachio is mature, it could mean easy money is coming your way. If […]

Posted on March 15th, 2019

It’s California Arbor Day

Almond Grove in Bloom

We’re celebrating trees on the blog today! We celebrate Arbor Day in California on March 7th in honor of horticulturist Luther Burbank’s birthday. Did you know that Luther Burbank got his start in the field when he chose the almond as the rootstock to fulfill a commission from an investor who wanted to cash in […]

Posted on March 7th, 2019