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September 30, 2021
October at Bella Viva Orchards: The Joys of Almonds!
Back in February, we
talked about the countless miles of Almond trees in full bloom. It’s a truly
spectacular sight for visitors and locals alike. Well, thanks to the kindness
of Mother Nature, a long sunny season and the hard work of many dedicated people,
we can now say we’re in the middle of Almond harvest time. If you’re familiar
with California’s Central Valley during this time of the year, you know what
that means: Trees bending under the weight of their bounty, agricultural
equipment in the orchards and skilled workers suited up in white coveralls out
in the middle of it all. It happens every year and many of us who live here see
it as a global event that’s taking part in front of our very eyes.
If you live in the Central Valley, no doubt you’ve seen the Almond industry soar over the past 20 years. Experts report that the annual production has gone from 830 million pounds in 2001 to well over three times that amount today. We’re talking about around 3 billion pounds yes, that’s with a “B.” We’re seeing more land being dedicated to growing Almonds than ever before. Today, our state has over 1.2 million acres utilized for Almonds. When they’re knocked off those trees, where do they all go?
Well, reports tell us that just over one-third of Almonds produced are enjoyed right here in North America, then 25 percent and 24 percent go to Western Europe and Asia-Pacific, respectively. The remaining 14 percent goes to the Middle East, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. In California, Almonds are THE top crop produced, acreage-wise, and the second-most valued commodity exported after Dairy Products. All this world activity around this nut that’s grown right in our back yard. Literally! We love to share our joy for Almonds with the world!
We could go on about
the global business side of Almonds, but let’s get back to YOU! We want you to
get local with Almonds. So local that we think you should get lots of ‘em into
your home! We hope you love Almonds because they’re so nutritious, tasty and
fun to eat. And because they’re a locally-grown treasure. You know that they’re
wow-worthy by themselves for an anytime snack, chopped and added to your
oatmeal in the morning or incorporated into a healthier savory dinner entrée.
The possibilities are countless! And if you haven’t cooked withAlmond Flour yet, now’s the time
bake an incredible batch ofAlmond Flour Blueberry Pecan Cookies with Cacao Chips.
You’ll be blown away by their texture, their flavor and their gluten-free