Making the Most of Every Part of an Almond Crop (Almond Coproducts)

Almonds Cracking Open in July and August

Here at Maisie Jane’s we believe in using every part of the almonds we harvest. Did you know that almond orchards actually produce four different coproducts? There’s the kernels we eat, the almond hulls (frequently used to feed livestock), the shells (used for livestock bedding and as a fuel source) and the trees themselves when they are […]

Posted on February 26th, 2019

Nut Lovers Live longer!

Mixed nuts in a bowl

Did you know that according to several studies, such as this one from the New England Journal of Medicine, it has been consistently found that people who eat nuts regularly live longer than people who do not. It is not completely clear why this is true, but it has been observed that eating nuts is […]

Posted on February 21st, 2019

Maple Baked Salmon with Chopped Almonds (Recipe)

Maple Baked Salmon with Almonds

The health benefits of salmon are not the first thing I think of when I decide to pick some up for dinner. Wild caught, deeply colored, salmon is probably my favorite fish to eat. But in case you needed an excuse to make this delicious baked fish marinated with a sweet and salty orange, maple […]

Posted on February 19th, 2019

We Couldn’t Do It Without the Bees

Maisie Jane's Honey

Meet one of our biggest business partners: the honeybees! The importance of bees for almonds is so valuable that the relationships between almond growers and the beekeepers we work with go back for years. Almonds, like many crops, are not self-pollinating. So between January and March we depend on bees coming into our orchards to do […]

Posted on February 12th, 2019

Almond Cookies for Chinese New Year

Chinese Almond Cookies

Gong hei fat choy! Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Earth Pig which in Chinese astrology symbolizes a year of good fortune—especially in terms of friendship and financial rewards! Well, that’s worth celebrating and a traditional Chinese New Year celebration wouldn’t be complete without almond cookies. Almond Cookies also symbolize good luck […]

Posted on February 5th, 2019

Make Nuts Part of Your Plant-Rich Diet Plan

bowl of cashews

The benefits of adopting a plant-rich diet has been in the news a lot these days. Although there has been a swing in recent years to low carb diet plans, common wisdom before that was to reduce meat and dairy consumption to help lose weight, support heart health, and lower cholesterol. What’s the truth? It’s […]

Posted on January 29th, 2019

Delicious Vegan Almond Butter Sauce for Vegetables and Noodles

Vegetables and noodles with almond sauce

One of my perennial New Year’s resolutions is to eat more veggies! This year I might even succeed at it because I have discovered the key to potential success: make it something I look forward to! And that means finding ways to make meals that fill me up by adding adequate protein and taste really […]

Posted on January 24th, 2019

Snacking in the New Year

Almonds and Oranges Snack

I commit to eating healthy this year and ENJOYING it! How about you? I learned something recently. Trying to make myself work at things when I’m off the clock doesn’t motivate me nearly as well as intending to enjoy doing the exact same thing. That means I look forward to it instead of thinking of […]

Posted on January 15th, 2019

Why Maisie Jane’s Supports Future Farmers of America

Maisie Jane Hurtado

Future Farmers of America (FFA) holds a special place in our hearts here at Maisie Jane’s. After all, this family business actually started as an SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) back when the owner of the company, Maisie Jane Hurtado, was still in high school. FFA’s SAE program teaches students a wide variety of skills they […]

Posted on January 3rd, 2019

Healthy and Delicious Thai Sweet Potato and Parsnip Soup (Recipe)

Thai Sweet Potato-Parsnip Soup

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, you might be interested in today’s recipe for vegan Thai Sweet Potato and Parsnip soup. It contains three of the most nutritious foods you can eat and does so in the most delightful way. Thai cuisine is quite definitely my favorite ethnic food. Spicy hot and […]

Posted on December 31st, 2018