California Almond Farm Tour and 15 Delicious Almond Recipes


California Almond Farm Tour

Do you know how almonds are grown? These days, I usually buy bulk raw almonds that have already been shelled, so it’s easy to enjoy them without really paying attention to where they came from. It was fascinating for me to go on a farm tour with California Farm Water Coalition in California’s Central Valley where I got to learn more about these delicious nuts and see how they are grown.

California Almond Farm Tour

Almonds are in the same family as peaches and apricots. When they are growing on the tree, it’s easy to see the family resemblance. The outside of the almond hull is fuzzy, like a peach. Inside the hull is the shell and inside that shell is the nut.

I saw many acres of almonds growing in Stanislaus and Merced Counties. There are currently over 6,800 almond growers in California. Over 90% of the farms are family farms and nearly 75% of the farms are less than 100 acres. Many of those family farms are multigenerational and family members have been farming in the area for a long, long time.

California Almond Farm Tour

This year’s harvest has begun. When the almonds are ready, a large machine is used to shake the almonds from the trees. The almonds dry out on the ground for a few days before another machine comes through and ‘vacuums’ up the almonds. As you can see from these photos, I was in the orchard after the shaking and before the vacuuming.

California Almond Farm Tour

Almonds are delicious to eat, of course, but these farmers also make good use of the parts that we humans don’t eat. Hulls are often used in animal feed and shells can be processed and made into animal bedding. They are used in other products, as well.

When I was a kid, almonds were a rare treat. Now, I’ve got almonds in my house at all times. We snack on them raw, use them as a topping for salads and smoothie bowls and use them as a nutritious ingredient in recipes.

15 Delicious Almond Recipes

Check out these recipes where almonds are the star:

Cinnamon Roasted Almond Butter from Strength and Sunshine

Easy Blender Chocolate Almond Butter from Mama Likes To Cook

Raw Almond Butter from Melanie Cooks

15 Delicious Almond Recipes

Almond Joy Cookies from The Cooking Bride

No Bake Almond Joy Energy Bites from Trial and Eater

Almond Sand Dollar Cookies from The Monday Box

Coconut Almond Bars from Wanna Bite

Dutch Almond Bars from Ann’s Entitled Life

15 Delicious Almond Recipes

Spicy Smoky Garlic Almonds from Savory Tooth

Honey Roasted Almonds from Mildly Meandering

Chocolate Honey Roasted Almonds from Mama Likes To Cook

Barbecue Seasoned Roasted Almonds from Delicious by Design

15 Delicious Almond Recipes

Almond Milk from Bark Time

Chocolate Almond Chia Pudding from Mama Likes To Cook

Easy Almond Tart from Joy Filled Eats

Which one of these recipes will you try first?

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