California Almonds

California Almonds, LLC is comprised of farmers and their families who were born and raised in California and grow pure, natural and “healthy nuts” in California. It’s just that simple.

This is almond fruit at its youth! These are the “green almonds,” named because of the soft green skin on the outside. The inner shell has not hardened yet and the young almond has a tangy, sour flavor.

This is almond fruit at its youth! These are the “green almonds,” named because of the soft green skin on the outside. The inner shell has not hardened yet and the young almond has a tangy, sour flavor.

In the late 1960′s the owners father planted 20 acres of almonds at their home ranch in Manteca, California. The siblings lent a hand around the orchard and helped put cardboard milk cartoons around the trunks of the baby almonds trees as a protective measure.

Photo of raw almonds opening up to show the hard almond shell. Trees are shaken to knock the nuts off the tree so that the nuts can be cracked! Photo by the Almond Board of California.

Photo of raw almonds opening up to show the hard almond shell. Trees are shaken to knock the nuts off the tree so that the nuts can be cracked! Photo by the Almond Board of California.

The kids literally “grew up” with the almond trees. As the trees grew, so did their almond job responsibilities. They helped with fertilizing, pruning, irrigating, knocking the nuts off the trees, raking them into piles and then scooping them up with large shovels. When their dad became ill, Diane & her husband, Daryll Quaresma (third-generation farmer), took over the complete operation of the almond orchard in addition to farming several hundred almond acres in the surrounding Central Valley of California. The Quaresma's now reside in the “Almond Capitol of The World” – Ripon, California. It is the mission of California Almonds to provide a quality product that is pure, natural and healthy. Their almonds are high in protein and fiber, with no cholesterol. California Almonds were the perfect choice for our products!

People said we were crazy for trying to launch these drinks. The truth is - we're really just nuts.

People said we were crazy for trying to launch these drinks. The truth is - we're really just nuts.

Di & Dar (that's what we call our Queen & King of almonds) are not only amazing at what they do but they too have been by our side through our entire journey. In the early stages Di was ready to send us almonds when no one else would even return our phone calls. They have been witness to all our trials and tribulations, and a large reason why we are here today.

Almond Grove pictured above, photo by Watkinson.

Almond Grove pictured above, photo by Watkinson.

Why Choose Almonds & AlmondMilk?

Fit Day's AlmondMilk vs Cow Milk article was so good we just had to share it. "Compared to cow's milk, almond milk is the much healthier choice. Almond milk contains a wide variety of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function. Almond milk also contains high levels of antioxidants, so it can help prevent many types of cancer and slow the signs of aging. Almond milk is also great for those who can't drink cow's milk due to lactose intolerance, or a casein or gluten allergy; however, those with tree nut allergies should avoid almond milk because it could elicit a dangerous allergic reaction.

Whole cow's milk contains a lot more calories and fat than almond milk, making almond milk the better choice for those on a diet. Cow's milk also contains saturated fat and cholesterol; almond milk is free of both saturated fat and cholesterol, making it a healthier choice, especially for those with heart problems.

While cow's milk contains high levels of calcium, and is fortified with vitamins A and D to help you meet your daily requirements of these vitamins, almond milk contains high levels of a wide range of necessary vitamins and therefore has a higher nutritional value than cow's milk. The only thing that cow's milk has more of than almond milk is protein; cow's milk has eight grams of protein per serving while almond milk has only one gram per serving." There you have it folks!

Almond Board of California's chart showing some health benefits of almonds.

Almond Board of California's chart showing some health benefits of almonds.