About Us

Who we are

The California Walnut Commission, established in 1987, represents the California walnut industry, made up of over 4,000 growers and almost 100 handlers (processors, packers and shippers).

Our goal: To educate consumers and buyers about the finest walnuts that come from the sun-kissed orchards of California – and to share the all-round deliciousness, health and wellness benefits, and versatility these mighty little nuts have to offer.

Delve into our recipe bank for a wealth of tasty and easy-to-prepare walnut recipe and snack ideas.

From tree to table

There are more than 4,000 walnut growers in the sun-splashed state of California. Almost all are family-run farms that have been in the walnut business for several generations.

Walnut production takes commitment and patience, as trees can take up to seven years to bear fruit and orchards are dedicated only to walnut production.

Each step in the process from propagation, to harvesting, to packing, and finally shipping to British retailers and food firms, is handled with care and attention.

Quality, assured

California walnuts are harvested from late August through to November and then placed in cold storage to maintain freshness.

Walnut handlers shell walnuts as needed throughout the year to fill orders from retailers globally.

Keeping walnuts cold and in their shells as long as possible ensures that walnut lovers around the world will receive high-quality, fresh-tasting California walnuts throughout the year.

Check out our storage tips.

Harvest time

California walnuts are produced under stringent quality controls, so stringent that they even exceed California state inspection standards, already reputed to be the world’s toughest.

Our walnuts are grown and processed under the strict regulation of the USDA and the DFA of California. A food safety control programme and quality control regime (HAACP) is in place that meets the standards imposed by all regulatory authorities.

 

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