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Almond Day

Today’s the day! It’s Almond Day!

From health benefits, bee pollination partners, sustainability focused, zero waste, and best crop for the drop, there are so many things to celebrate about almonds.



Almonds are heart healthy and a great source of protein with 23 almonds per serving.

Dependent on bees to make a crop, growers are stewards to ensure bees have the best nutritious food as they come out of winter and swarm almond orchards throughout California.


We are committed to keep our farms sustainable and prosperous into the next generation by using our whole orchard recycling programs and incorporating prunings back into the soil to ensure healthy soils.

Almonds are a true zero waste product. In a world of increasing food waste and trying to stay focused on using everything we grow, almonds are a great snack to consider. The hull is used for food at dairies and beef feed lots. The shell is used for animal and landscape bedding. The kernel is course the nut we eat.

And let’s not forget with the increasing price of water and land in California, almonds are one of the best options for getting the best crop per drop. All while using 33% less water than we did 30 years ago and committing to using another 25% less water in the next 20 years.

Today, I hope you enjoy #nationalalmondday with a handful of delicious almonds, or maybe a sprinkle of sliced almonds on your salad, or slivered almonds atop your greens beans, or almond crusted Salmon, or maybe just a scoop of almond ice cream! Whatever it is, Happy Almond Day!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny 

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