Posted on : September 24th, 2020
We talked about the shaking and drying process in our last blog post, but what happens now that the nuts are all toasty from the sun? Our almonds have been drying for 1-2 weeks in their windrows and are now ready to be taken to our processing facilities.
First, the harvester comes through the rows and sweeps up the nuts. This machine is able to differentiate the almonds from the dirt, and the excess is kicked out of the side as the truck drives along.
A trailer follows behind the harvester and the nuts are fed into it. Once the trailer is full, it takes the load to the conveyor which loads and fills the bulk trucks, and the process is repeated.
These bulk trucks then transport the almonds to our facilities where they are dumped into stock piles to await the hulling and shelling process.
Once inside, our nuts literally go on a roller coaster ride of processes.
They are cleaned and prepped by removing any unwanted debris such as branches, rocks, etc. before being put into the huller. They will travel from conveyor belt to conveyor belt, up, down and all around, each one an important role in cleaning and eventually removing the layers until they’ve reached the center.
To sum it up, there are two layers to go through to get to that kernel or “meat,” which is what you and I eat. The hull and the shell need to be removed for the finished product. Our natural almonds we sell in our store are a great way to see and taste an example of this.
In the end, we get our beautiful almonds that are ready to be packed and shipped, either to our stores or directly to you!
Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc. was founded on strong beliefs and passion for offering unique, flavorful, top-quality, almond products. We strongly believe in earth-friendly practices that start on our family owned and operated orchards. We use Organic farming practices and continue in the process by using all natural ingredients with no preservatives or GMOs. We believe in honest, friendly, and helpful customer relations at all levels. We take pride in every task, every day, with every person.