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#1 of 9 Old 09-01-2007, 01:35 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I may be completely ignorant about this, and yes
I am very angered about this whole Raw Almond
issue.

Perhaps we can just grow our own? I've honestly
NEVER thought about growing beans or nuts. Well
I suppose I'm growing beans ( green beans ).

I've often wanted to grow my own nuts and
process my own butters with them.

From someone who is more knowledgeable
than i am, I live in California ( at the time )
would this be doable?
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California is a big almond-growing state... we used to live near a lot of almond orchards when we lived on a farm up there... there were a few almond trees on our farm, but harvesting and hulling and everything seemed like a big pain, especially when we could get raw organic almonds at the farmer's market (or directly from the farm) cheaply and easily.

But yeah, you could. The trees probably wouldn't fruit until 3 or 4 years after you planted them, though.

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Ack - WHAT raw almond issue? I don't see anything in the news. We eat tons of almonds... anyone have a link?
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Ack - WHAT raw almond issue? I don't see anything in the news. We eat tons of almonds... anyone have a link?
I had no idea, either. I just found this:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...89#post8994889
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Yep, I'm pretty pissed.

Not because im a huge almond lover ( i prefer peanuts
and brazil nuts myself ) but because its another
thing that they are trying to do to take real,raw
healthy foods from us.

It makes me wonder...what is next? I guess
I better start improvement soon, cuz I'm going
to need a large garden.

They cant prevent people from growing their
own raw foods, and if they did...well you
know what kind of country we'd be living in.
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My grandparents had almond trees on their farm. I used to always climb them as a child. Shelling almonds is no more work than shelling any other nut, really, and less work actually than pecans or walnuts, since the outer shell comes off on it's own. If you want to plant almond trees, go for it, but they will take several years to produce fruit, and depending on where you live may not do well. By the time I was climbing the trees, they were a good 10 years old at least.

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i have some chines chestnut trees. they are low maintenance.
why not go ahead and plant some almond trees. you might as well.

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does anyone know if almond trees would grow in the southeast?
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I know that almond trees should grow in most parts of California (that's where most of the groves are) but like all the others said, they take time. Four trees (two male, two female) should be plenty. I don't know if they will grow in a wet climate like the southeast, though.

One thing you can do, which they do here, is to just use peach seeds instead of almonds. If you have peaches or apricots, break open the pit and inside there will be a little seed you can dry yourself. That's what they do here (Central Asia) because almonds are expensive. The flavor is a bit different but they are still tasty and you can satisfy a craving if you have one.

http://www.bluediamond.com/almonds/history/index.cfm

Here, they STILL make the trail mix that they talk about in this article. They also make one from dried mulberries and walnuts...

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