Ever wonder how those beautiful spring blossoms turn into a delicious snack? Prepare to be amazed by an almond’s life cycle!
From February to March, you’ll find orchards filled with beautiful pink and white blossoms. They are preparing for pollination.
Most almond trees are not self-pollinating, so large bee populations are brought to the orchard to pollinate.
From March to June, almonds start maturing. The shell hardens and the kernel forms.
In July and August, the hulls start to split, exposing the shell and allowing it to dry out. Right before harvest, the hulls open completely.
From mid-August through October, tree shakers harvest the almonds by vigorously shaking them to the ground. Then they dry naturally on the ground for about a week before they are collected.
After harvest, the almonds go through a machine to remove the hull, shell, and any other debris. Next, they sorted separated and sorted by size.
Almonds are then kept in temperature-controlled storage facilities until they are shipped or further processed into delicious Nut Up snacks and butters!