California is the largest almond producing region in the world, and right now the trees are in full bloom. The trees have just come out of a period of dormancy, which lasts from November through January. During this time, the trees undergo the regular process of losing their leaves for winter. Then, starting in mid-February and lasting through mid-March, the trees fill up with pink and white blooms.
Mark Jansen, CEO and President and Blue Diamond Growers shares: “The flurry of white and pink petals through mid-March reminds us of the almond crops' importance to our local, state, and national economies. This is the time of year that our growers, most of whom are small multi-generational family farmers, are focused on pollination and the importance of honeybees to the success of their crops.”
Credit: Blue Diamond Growers.
While the trees are blooming and preparing for the next harvest, the almond growers are not sitting idle. According to the California Almond Board, there have already been 135.53 million export shipments and 58.76 million domestic shipments this month. In 2020, the total crop receipts tallied up to 3.03 billion.
The almond harvest will run from August through October.