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Time to harvest almonds.
With no doubt, the flowering groves of almond trees suggest a gorgeous picture, like a fairy tale. Very similar to the cherry trees in bloom in Japan, the almond trees offer a spectacle when each year they achieve their climax. However, it is not until the month of August and the end of September that the almond harvest takes place, which have made exactly the same path as their predecessors.
The stages of almond production are divided into 4 parts:
At the beginning of each year, specifically in January, the latency period leaves the tree in a state of invernal rest. It is from February that the flowering stage begins, the most important moment in which we can enjoy the landscape created at this time of the year in the almond groves.
During the following months, from March to June, the fruits achieve their ripening stage, where they finish their growth and take the commercial size. It is at this stage that the fruit gets full of high quality minerals, vitamins and fatty acids for our body . To finally let the summer do its work and dry the pods, which end up opening naturally. From September to February, the trees will return to their latency state, in order to start the cycle again. In Sabor a España, we respect the natural processes of our raw material in order to offer an unique product, unadulterated and with the quality standard that our customers expect from us.
How is the almond harvested?
As we have pointed out, mainly in the second week of September is when the harvesting takes place.
The fruit harvesting can be made in two ways, on the one hand, the traditional and manual harvesting, on the other hand, the mechanical harvesting.
For the manual harvesting, we disconnect the irrigation and we proceed to knock down, a technique which consists of lashing the branches in order to make the almond falls to a mesh placed on the ground. It is a similar process to the manual harvesting of olives. Nowadays specialized machines with a huge clamp that embraces the trunk of the tree and shake it repeatedly are used. They create a vibration that makes the almonds fall.
In Sabor a España we make technology a tool that, in harmony with tradition, allows us to extend our variety of products and sweets to any part of the world, and supply our customers' demands, who are growing in number every day and trust more in us.