An article by NPR does a great job explaining why it is deceptive when stores label unroasted
nuts as being raw. Broad regulations on almonds prevent consumers from receiving a truly raw
product. “All California almonds — which would be virtually all the almonds in the country — are
either heat-pasteurized or treated with a fumigant. The processes, which have been required by
law since 2007, are intended to prevent foodborne illness. But almond aficionados say the
treatments taint the flavor and mislead consumers.” This article goes on to say that
pasteurization changes the texture and flavor of a nut. Raw nuts have a richer taste and
smoother texture. Pasteurization can also kill the living enzymes in the nut making it impossible
to sprout. Not only does pasteurization diminish the nutritional potential of a nut, the chemicals
used in fumigation are known carcinogens.
These nuts are not organic but they do come from a small nut ranch where the owner does 99%
of the work himself. One light spray is done once a year when the crop still has the husk on the
seed. This is done to deter a certain moth from destroying the whole crop. The nut is very well
protected inside the husk during this spray. Plus, a responsible rancher is spraying very lightly
by hand, not by machine. No pesticide or herbicide is used for weed control between the rows of
trees. Instead, they use weed whackers and tillers to keep the ground clear. Don’t forget, these
nuts are shelled when you receive them which makes them easy to use.
Although the law requires almonds to be pasteurized, the FDA contains an exception allowing a
farmer to sell small quantities of nuts to an individual at his property. We are simply sending a
representative to our friendly farmer (who prefers to remain anonymous) to purchase the nuts in
our names. It’s a lot easier (and cheaper) than all of us taking a roadtrip right at harvest time.
This is why we require your full name, address, and phone number for the farmer’s records.
The reason you want raw nuts is because the healthy fats and vitamins have not been
destroyed by high temperatures or chemicals. Therefore, you want to use them in a way that
preserves the raw nutrition. Regardless of how you end up eating the nuts, the best way to
maximize their nutrition is to first soak your nuts. Here is a great article that explains why and
how to do this.
Soak 1 cup of nuts overnight. Rinse and put in a high-speed blender with 4 cups of water. You
can add vanilla extra or a bit of maple syrup if you’d like. Blend until smooth and creamy. Strain
liquid through cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Store in the fridge and enjoy! This makes a great
dairy replacement and is much cheaper (and has less fillers) than store bought nut milk.
Making nut butter is the easiest with a high-speed blender, but it is possible with a food
processor. It just takes 20 minutes instead of 1. If you’re blending raw nuts you’ll need a little
additional oil. Roasted almonds will release more natural oil so you won’t need to use additional
oil. Either way, simply blend room temperature nuts until smooth! SO EASY!