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Whole Almonds

Blanched Almonds

Dry Roast Whole Almonds

Dry Roast Diced Almonds

Blanched & Natural Sliced

Blanched and Natural Slivered

Blanched & Natural Almond Meal

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20lbs, 25lbs & 50lbs CasesSuper Sack Totes

Understanding Almond Grades:
Choosing the Best for Your Needs

USDA Grades Whole Kernels Minimum Diameter Dissimilar Doubles Chip & Scratch Foreign Material Particles & Dust Split and Broken Other Defects Serious Defects Under Size
US Fancy 5% 3% 5% 0.05% 0.1% 1% 2% 1%
US Extra No. 1 5% 5% 5% 0.05% 0.1% 1% 4% 1.5%
US No. 1 (Supreme)* 5% 15% 10% 0.05% 0.1% 1% 5% 1.5%
US Select Sheller Run 5% 15% 20% 0.1% 0.1% 5% 3% 2%
US Standard Sheller Run 5% 25% 35% 0.2% 0.1% 15% 3% 2%
US No. 1 Whole and Broken 30% 20/64 UOS** 5% 35% x 0.2% 0.1% x 5% 3% 5%

*U.S. No 1 is commonly referred to by industry as Supreme. However, Supreme is not a USDA grade.
**UOS = Unless otherwise specified.

Almond Varieties

Nonpareil

Nonpareil almonds are one of the most highly regarded and widely cultivated varieties of almonds, known for several distinctive qualities:

Appearance: Nonpareil almonds have a smooth, light-colored shell and a thin, light brown skin. Their appearance is often considered more attractive compared to other almond varieties, making them a popular choice for products where visual appeal is important.

Size: They are typically large and flat with a wide, elongated shape. This uniform size and shape contribute to their desirability for both whole almond consumption and further processing.

Taste and Texture: Nonpareil almonds are known for their sweet, mild flavor and tender, yet crunchy texture. These qualities make them ideal for a variety of culinary uses, from snacking to being a key ingredient in baked goods, confectionery, and other food products.

Interesting Fact: The market demand for Nonpareil almonds is that they are the most sought-after variety in the global almond market. This high demand is primarily due to their superior appearance, smooth texture, and ease of processing. Nonpareil almonds are often preferred for premium products like gourmet snacks, confectionery, and almond-based dairy alternatives. Their thin shells and light color also make them ideal for blanching, further increasing their versatility and appeal to both consumers and manufacturers.

 

 

Independence

Independence almonds are a relatively new variety in the almond market, developed to address specific needs of almond growers and the industry. Here are the key qualities of Independence almonds:

Appearance: Independence almonds feature a moderately wrinkled, light brown shell and a slightly darker skin compared to Nonpareil almonds. While not as smooth or visually appealing as Nonpareil, Independence almonds still maintain a relatively attractive appearance, making them suitable for a variety of culinary uses.

Size: Independence almonds typically have good kernel quality, with a size and appearance that is competitive with other popular varieties. They are often similar in appearance to Nonpareil almonds, though sometimes slightly smaller, with a smooth, light-colored shell and a light brown skin.

Taste And Texture: Independence almonds have a sweet, mild flavor that is often described as smooth and slightly buttery. Their texture is firm yet not as crunchy as some other almond varieties, providing a satisfying bite that is less dense. This combination of mild sweetness and pleasant texture makes Independence almonds a versatile choice for both snacking and use in various culinary applications.

Interesting Fact: Self-Fertile: One of the most significant qualities of Independence almonds is their self-fertility. Unlike most almond varieties that require cross-pollination with other almond varieties (often relying on bees), Independence almonds can self-pollinate. This reduces the dependency on bee pollination, potentially lowering costs and risks associated with pollination.

 

 

Carmel Type

The Carmel type almond variety is distinguished by several key qualities that make it a valuable and popular choice among almond growers and processors. Here are the main attributes of the Carmel type almond variety:

Appearance:  Carmel type almonds are known for their high-quality kernels, which have  narrow shape, medium to large with slightly wrinkled.  This makes them visually appealing and suitable for a variety of almond products.

Size: Carmel type almonds are typically medium to large in size with a narrow, elongated shape. Their uniformity in size and shape is advantageous for processing into sliced, diced, and other forms of almonds.

Taste and Texture: These almonds offer a sweet, mild flavor and a firm yet tender texture. This combination makes them ideal for a range of culinary applications, including baking, confectionery, and snacking.

Interesting fact: Carmel type almonds have excellent blanching characteristics, meaning their skins can be easily removed. This is particularly important for products that require skinless almonds. They also perform well in roasting and other processing methods.

 

California Varieties

California almonds encompass a diverse classification of varieties known for their adaptability and suitability for a wide range of processes and applications. These varieties are generally blanchable, making them ideal for use in various manufactured products. California almonds exhibit a broad spectrum of shell hardness, from soft to hard, and feature an array of kernel shapes, skin colors, and surface characteristics. This versatility allows them to be effectively utilized in numerous culinary and industrial applications, ensuring they meet the needs of different market demands and consumer preferences.