A truly beautiful gift from nature are almonds. You might not have given any thought to how almonds are propagated, grown, harvested, or processed if you choose to eat your almonds in their “natural state,” as almond butter, roasted and seasoned, almond and rice crackers, almond milk, almond flour, or any of the many other ways they can be found in your neighborhood grocery store.
We’ll take you on a magical journey through this article as we follow the path of the almond from bʟᴏssom to fruit nut, harvest to processing, and ultimately to market as one of your favorite almond products. Along the way, we’ll learn about maintaining an orchard, harvesting almonds, and how almonds ultimately end up in the goods you enjoy.
Although it can take an almond tree five to twelve years to begin bearing fruit, a mature tree can normally continue to bear fruit for up to twenty-five years. Almond trees can only be grown in specific regions around the world, similar to the Mediterranean, in order to produce fruit. Fortunately, California, the birthplace of Blue Diamond® Almonds, is home to the most productive almond-growing region in the entire globe.
California almond trees start to bloom in the spring, usually between the months of February and March. In reality, flower buds begin to grow as early as the summer before.
California almond trees start to bloom in the spring, usually between the months of February and March. The flower buds start to show up earlier, perhaps as early as November of the previous year.
Although a severe frost can harm the flowers, the tree’s buds must experience a period of cold weather before they can develop flowers. The trees must be pollinated once the blooms have bloomed, which is commonly done by introducing bees into the orchards to complete the operation.
The first trees that bees often “see” after the winter are almond orchards. The bees can regain their vitality during the almond bloom because the almond pollen is very nourishing. During the spring and summer, the bees rely heavily on the pollen and nectar of almonds that were stored in the hive during the bloom.
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