Hulling & Shelling
The first stop for almonds on their journey to customers around the world is the almond huller. This crucial process seperates the kernal from the outer shell and precleans the almonds before further processing.
The Hulling & Shelling Process
After the almonds are harvested from the orchard, they are brought our Hulling & Shelling facility in bulk trucks. The almonds are then run through a 14-stage mechanical separation process which consist of rollers, aspirators, density separators, and laser sorters.
Once the kernel is finally removed from the hull and shell, it is then sized and quality graded. Our industry expertise and state-of-the-art separation equipment enables us to conserve product quality and insure that only the best product goes into our production processes.
What do you do with the hulls, shells and damaged almonds?
Among the many beauties of almonds is the fact that there nearly ZERO wasted product!
The outer hulls are sold as nutritious livestock feed and sustainable substitute to water intensive alfalfa or corn. The fibrous shell is used as an alternate energy source in co-generation plants, landscape mulch and livestock bedding.
Damage almonds still have high value... these undesirables are used to produce almond oil which is a very popular oil for high quality cosmetic lines.
Even the fallen branches and leaves have a use! We put these through wood chippers and reintroduced to our orchard floors as a natural weed deterrent.