We’ve collected some good tips and tricks about when and how to harvest almonds for you to get the idea how we work. If you’re interested in almond farms, you probably know that the process of harvesting, processing and storing of almonds have an enormous effect on the almond and the tree quality and health. So, it’s important to know the basic tips and tricks of almond harvesting.
Be Aware of the Almond Drupes!
You probably think that the almond fruit are nuts, but actually they produce drupes. These drupes are the outer fleshy part of the almonds and they mature in autumn. If you want to know the right time to harvest almonds, these drupes will tell you. When the drupes are mature, they split open and start falling from the trees. Don’t be duped by the drupes on the eye-level of the trees. Usually, these drupes ripen at the top of the tree and work their way down. The best time to harvest almonds is when the 95% of the almond drupes on the tree have split.
The Best Way to Harvest Almonds
Knocking and shaking the almonds from the three is known as the best almond picking method. You can take down the almonds from the trees with rubber sticks that you can find in farming supply stores. When you harvest the almonds, you should avoid using metal or aluminum poles and sticks. This may lead to tree’s death or injury.
However, thanks to the recent and advanced technology, an almond harvester machine called shaker does take all the trouble for you! It clamps the tree trunk and shakes all the almonds off the branches. But you also have to be careful not to damage the tree bark. Shaking operations should be made under the supervision of trained people.
Hulling Process of the Almonds
Right after the harvesting process, all the hulls around the nuts must be removed to keep the almonds as fresh as possible. If you have a small orchard at your home, the best way to remove the almond hull is done by hand. Luckily, almonds are easy to peel. All you have to do is to peel off their shells.
For the huge almond farmers, luckily, we have huller/sheller machines to make the process easier. Almonds go through a roller to remove the hull and the remaining stuff from the orchard such as sticks and rocks. And the result? Almonds are ready to store with a zero-waste approach with their shells used as livestock bedding and the hulls for dairy feeding!
What makes Invest4land Different
Being a farmer or not, even if you don’t know the tips and tricks of almond farming, you can still be an investor of an organic almond farmland thanks to Invest4land! We provide management guarantee of your almond farmlands up to 45 years. We make sure of all the steps above are taken in your stead and deliver the best quality almonds to the market at the best and highest possible price.
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