Organic Carmel/California Supreme Unsized are natural, whole almonds produced using CCOF certified farming methods with OMRI certified organic products. This product is a mix of Carmel and California Type varieties. The Carmel varieties are long, narrow, large kernels with wrinkled surfaces and light coloring. The California Type varieties have a wide range of kernel shapes, skin color, and surface characteristics. All Carmel varieties also classify as California varieties. “Supreme” is the USDA grade descriptor signifying that these are a visually superior product, similar to the Extra #1 – however, Supreme grade almonds allow for a slightly higher tolerance of doubles, chip and scratch and other defects throughout the load of nuts. This product is made up of all sizes, i.e. 20/22, 23/25, 25/27, 27/30, 30/32, 32/34.
Eighty two percent of the world’s almonds are grown in California. The soil and temperatures for almond trees are perfect, with cold winters allowing the trees to rest and February temperatures warm enough for trees to bloom and bees to pollinate their flowers. Once the flowers have been pollinated, the orchards are quickly transformed into the growing season with nutlets forming within the days following. By March the tree nuts have started to grow, the leaves have pushed out and the orchards are lush with green leaves and hulls.
Throughout the growing season, the hulls can be seen getting larger and larger, by June the hulls have grown to their maximum size and the nut inside the shell begins to change from its gelatinous form to a solid nut we all know and love.
By August the hulls start to split open exposing the shell. It is time for harvest. With almost 1.2 million acres in production, the process of harvest will take 8 to 10 weeks.
Growing organic almonds requires dedication and long-term commitment. When transforming an existing, conventional crop into organic farming, there is a three-year transition process that takes place, thus the term “transitional.” Organic farming is using non-chemical methods to care for the crops. Orchards are grown to have more biodiversity in their ecosystem, leading to flourishing crops, healthier land, and an ecological balance that provides a suitable habitat for beneficial wildlife. We currently grow several different varieties of certified organic almonds: Nonpareil, Sonora, Carmel, Monterey, Wood Colony, and Fritz.
Organic Carmel / California Type varieties are very versatile and are used for roasting, salting and/or flavoring. Because their looks are similar to the Nonpareil, they are very popular, yet they have a slightly wrinkled skin with small ridges that allow salt or seasonings to adhere to the surface better. The shape is otherwise considered long and slim.
Carmel Type may include other varieties such as Monterey, Wood Colony, Aldrich, and Sonora.
Carmel Type Supreme unsized means this has not been graded to any specific size and will contain large almonds as well as small almonds of differing lengths just as they grew on the tree.
Sizing- Sized from 18/20, 20/22, 22/24, 23/25 25/27, 27/30 down to as small as 32/34. The numbers represent the amount of almonds per ounce.
Carmel Type Supreme is considered a medium, narrow shape with a wrinkled surface with a uniform light/medium tan skin. Generally, the larger the size the higher the price, however, the smaller sizes 30/32 or smaller have been known to become even higher priced due to the demand from confectioners needing the specifically small size for their products.
Carmel Type is preferred by roasters. Because of its shape, color and size and of course taste, it is the ideal choice for salting and seasoning.
When it comes to packing, we offer these in an industry standard 50 lbs. carton with no liner, to keep the product at a standard moisture level of 5.5% allowing the almonds to “breathe,” so to speak. For those that prefer, we can also pack in 2,200 lbs. Fiber Bins as well as Super Sacks.
- 40 cartons x 50 lbs. = 2,000 lbs.
- 1 Fiber Bin = 2,200 lbs. also available as 2,000 lbs.
- 1 Super Sack = 2,200 lbs. also available as 2,000 lbs.