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Almond Varieties

There are over 20 common almond varieties in which 90% of the almonds are placed into four major varieties - Nonpareil, California, Carmel, and Mission.

  • Nonpareil: Premium snack nut; thin outer shell and smooth kernel allow for few chips and scratches during processing.
  • Carmel: California type variety; soft shell variety used for blanching and roasting; uniform in shape and color; often used as a substitute for nonpareil.
  • California Group: This class of almonds includes a number of varieties; hard shell; skins normally darker than nonpareil; shape and color may vary; suitable for nearly any process or application.
  • Mission: Thick shell; color - dark brown; deep wrinkled surface; unsuitable for blanching; great choice for roasting.