Based in Turlock, California, Edelweiss Nut Company focuses on providing premier quality almonds direct from its fields in California to buyers around the world. All of the Company’s almonds are grown on its own fields. This is to ensure Edelweiss’ dedication to quality. Retail products are available at its storefront in Turlock.
The Edelweiss Nut Company has recognition as the first certified sustainable almond producer through Food Alliance (Food Alliance Certified). Food Alliance works to define and promote sustainability in agriculture and the food industry, and to ensure safe and fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals, and careful stewardship of ecosystems.
Food Alliance operates a voluntary certification program. Its foundation is on standards, which define sustainable agricultural practices. Farms, ranches, and food handlers that meet Food Alliance’s standards (as determined by a third-party site inspection) use Food Alliance certification to distinguish their products, strengthen their brands, and support credible claims for social and environmental responsibility.
Edelweiss Nut Company’s emphasis is healthy and nutrient-rich soil in which to grow its almonds. Edelweiss relies almost exclusively on organic fertilizers versus harsh petrochemical sources. Edelweiss uses organic amendments, along with incorporating chipped orchard prunings to create first-rate soil.
Almonds contain vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, fiber, copper, phosphorous, and riboflavin. Almonds do not contain any cholesterol. Of note is that almonds are in the rose family. Almonds are frequently called “the queen of the rose family.” The State of California produces close to 80 percent of the globe’s supply. Greater than 25 kinds of almonds are grown in California.
Edelweiss Nut Company has some orchards that have been certified organic and certified transitional through CCOF (CCOF Certification Services, LLC; CCOF, Inc.; CCOF Foundation). CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) is a certifier and the organization supports and promotes organic by way of certification, education, as well as advocacy. CCOF’s Certified Transitional program provides a launching pad towards organic certification for farm operations.
All of Edelweiss’ almonds are produced employing sustainable practices. The Company’s philosophy is to treat its land with the highest care using only organic fertilizers and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods for pest control. All Edelweiss’ orchards are situated within the Turlock area of the San Joaquin Valley.
Regarding its products, packaging is usually in 50 lb cartons or metric ton (2200 lb) fiber bins for wholesale purposes. The varieties that the Company grows include Nonpareil, California, and Carmel.
Nonpareil are a large, light brown variety. California varieties are used mainly in manufactured products. Carmel are a member of the California variety. Easily processed and often used for blanching and roasting, they are often a substitute for Nonpareil or other California kinds. Moreover, almond oil, extracted from almonds, can be utilized as an emollient (balm).
Company almond varieties also include the Sweetheart variety. This variety was developed by the University of California as an alternative to the Spanish Marcona variety. The Sweetheart almond has a distinctive heart shape. In addition, it has exemplary flavor. This is because of the high-quality oils in the kernel. As a result, this makes the Sweetheart variety excellent for roasting.