The Sacredness of the Season in a Nutshell — the Mandorla

Have you ever seen the illuminated manuscripts of Medieval times that depict Jesus or Mary in an oval with a somewhat pointed top and bottom? That oval has a special significance. It is called the Mandorla and it means almond in Italian! They were showing Jesus in an almond shell?!! Why? In ancient times there […]

Posted on December 21st, 2017

Delightful Cashew Butter to Nourish Your Body and Delight Your Soul

Delicious Cashew Butter Treat

Look at this gorgeous photo a Maisie Jane’s fan —sweeterthanabumblebee—shared with us on Instagram for a delicious breakfast: baked banana oats topped with a sliced peach, berries and our very own cashew butter! It reminded me of how much I loved it when my mother would serve us a simple breakfast like oatmeal and get us […]

Posted on December 14th, 2017

Nuts Were Enjoyed at the First Thanksgiving

Vintage Thanksgiving Card

I can hardly imagine a Thanksgiving without nuts. Big bowls of walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts and beechnuts to crack with nutcrackers were always present at our holiday table, a tradition that dates back to the earliest records of the holiday feast. In 1779, Juliana Smith described their celebration in a letter to her cousin Betsey. The […]

Posted on November 14th, 2017

What Does it Mean to Be Nuts About Nuts?

Maisie Jane's Almonds

We’re nuts about nuts at Maisie Jane’s . . . but why exactly do we use the term “nuts” like that? Well, it turns out tracking down the origin of the expression is a tough nut to crack! It seems that the use of the word “nuts” to mean crazy about something evolved over a […]

Posted on October 26th, 2017

Health Benefits of Adding Cashew Nuts to Your Diet [Infographic]

bowl of cashews

At Maisie Jane’s, we talk a lot about almonds, but we go nuts for our cashew products too. Here’s a fun fact: did you know that what we think of as a cashew nut is actually a seed from the cashew fruit known as a cashew apple? Cashews are soft and sweet nuts that are […]

Posted on March 12th, 2017

7 Reasons to Go Nuts on National Almond Day!

Excited toddler girl

Sandwiched in-between National Gumdrop Day (February 15) and National Cabbage Day (February 17) is National Almond Day (February 16)! You might think that almonds sound about as exciting as gumdrops or cabbage, but there are many reasons to go nuts about almonds! Keep reading to learn how almonds can help your heart, health and any […]

Posted on February 15th, 2017

26 Amazing Facts About California Almonds

Maisie Jane's Almonds

Almonds are small nuts that pack a big crunch full of health benefits. Learn the ABCs about California almonds and why they’re one of the state’s best crops. Almond Butter – Smooth and creamy (and comes in crunchy varieties too!) almond butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter, especially if you have peanut allergies. Bees […]

Posted on January 18th, 2017

5 Common California Almond Varieties

3 parts of a California almon

All California almonds aren’t created equal. Each type is highly versatile and available in numerous varieties used to create quality products your taste buds will love. Each variety has its own characteristics that help determine the best uses for them. Since Maisie Jane is a fourth generation almond grower, and we farm our own almonds, we […]

Posted on August 16th, 2016