Each year in early September we begin the harvest of a fresh new crop of California Walnuts. Hulled and dried walnuts are delivered to our facility where representative samples are taken from every lot. The internal and external quality, color and variety are determined based on USDA grade standards and inspected by the Dried Fruit Association of California (DFA). Size classifications include but are not limited to Mammoth (+34 mm), Jumbo (+32 mm), Large (+30 mm), Medium (+28), or Baby.
There are many varieties of walnuts grown in California with four accounting for approximately 75 percent of total production: Chandler, Tulare, Howard and Hartley. Each of these varieties offers their own distinct characteristics and better utilized as either shelling stock or shipped directly as in-shell.