Have you ever wondered, where do almonds come from?
If you live in the Modesto, Ca area you know that cloud of dust that has been coming into your house for the last couple of months is being stirred up as the farmers are harvesting their almonds and other fall crops.
The farmers are bringing in their bountiful crop of almonds once again. The long journey started in the early spring with the beautiful snow colored almond trees in full bloom being pollinated by our friend the honeybee. It takes millions of honey bees to pollinate the almonds in the area around Modesto.
After almond pollination the the almond nut grows rapidly as the trees take in nourishment from the fertile soil, water, and plenty of sunshine. In early August the first almonds are shaken from the trees and thus begins another 2-3 month almond harvest.
There are several varieties of almonds ranging from the soft shells to the hard shelled variety you may find in the mixed nuts in the shell you get for a Christmas gift.