San Joaquin County goes nuts for nuts
Walnuts grow in John Galeazzi's orchard in Lockeford on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. At a value of $443 million, walnuts came in second on the list of top 10 crops in San Joaquin County, according to the San Joaquin County Office of Agricultural Commissioner’s official 2013 crop report, which was released Tuesday. Almonds ranked No. 1, bringing in $468 million. Grapes slipped to third with $441 million.
- Almonds and walnuts at a glance
- A mature almond tree will produce 16 pounds of almonds annually.
- The average life of an almond orchard is 25 years.
- California is the only state to commercially produce almonds.
- The U.S. has been the world’s largest supplier of almonds since 2000.
- China is the largest importer of U.S. almonds.
- A mature walnut tree will produce 79 pounds of nuts a year.
- English walnuts originated in Persia, where only royalty were allowed to eat them.
- Walnuts are the oldest known food tree, dating back to 7000 B.C.
- Franciscan priests brought walnuts to California in the late 1700s.
- California’s first commercial planting of walnuts was near Santa Barbara in 1867.
- Today, California walnuts account for 99 percent of U.S. crop, and 75 percent of the world’s production.
— Source: 2013 San Joaquin County Crop Report
Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am
In terms of San Joaquin County crop value, almonds have claimed the throne from grapes, and walnuts are coming on strong, according to the San Joaquin County Office of Agricultural Commissioner’s official 2013 crop report, which was released Tuesday.
On the top 10 crops list, almonds ranked No. 1, bringing in $468 million last year — a huge jump from the $300 million they netted in 2012.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am.