The Hughson Nut Brand is well known worldwide for our diverse and high quality almond product line.
Natural: Whole natural shelled almonds are offered sized or unsized by variety and USDA Grade.
Natural almonds are also offered sliced, diced and ground into flour.
Blanched: Blanched almonds are offered in whole and whole & broken grades. Blanched
manufactured almond forms include split, slivered, sliced, diced and flour.
Roasted: Dry and oil roasted almonds are offered with or without seasonings
in whole or diced forms.
Inshell: Nonpareil, Carmel, Monterey, and Independence are our most commonly available varieties
of inshell. Requests for inshell should be made prior to harvest in September.
Packaging options include 50 lb. and 25 lb. fiber cartons. With the exception of whole natural almonds, all products are packed with poly liners. Roasted products are vacuum-‐sealed in polyfoil bags. Additional options include super sacks, fiber bins and 50 lb. bags (inshell).
Almonds are California's number one tree nut crop. More than 6,000 growers located throughout the Central Valley of California produce 80% of the world's almonds and virtually 100% of the domestic supply.
There are over 20 common almond varieties. During the early stages of processing, 90% of the almonds are placed into four major varietal groups; Nonpareil, California, Carmel and Mission. The varieties are grouped based on kernel features such as shape, color and blanchability.
Over 80% of the State's production is grown in the South Valley in which top producers include Fresno, Kern, Merced and Stanislaus Counties.
Approximately 70% of the California almond crop is exported to virtually every country in the world. Spain, Germany, Italy and France are the leading importers in Western Europe. Japan is a large importer in the Asian market with China, India, United Arab Emirates and Canada also designated as major markets.
Almonds are appreciated as a staple in world culture not only for their taste and crunch, but also for their nutritional qualities and their health sustaining properties. The total package of nutrients available in one ounce, or 160 calories, testifies to the value of almonds as a part of a healthy diet.
A qualified health claim for nuts' ability to lower cholesterol levels has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States.
Almonds are a good source of protein along with dietary fiber, potassium, copper, zinc, iron and vitamin E.
Almonds provide various minerals that are essential for bone health. Calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus have been implicated in maintaining bone mineral density.
Almonds can fit well into many different types of health and weight loss diets. Almond flour can be used as a substitute for wheat flour in gluten free products. Almonds can become a vital source of protein and calcium in vegetarian diets.