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Almonds beginning to form in Kern County

Posted: 9:13 AM, Mar 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-28 12:13:57-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — California’s Central Valley is an agriculture hub and Kern County is known as one of the top agriculture producing regions in the country.

When driving through the 99, you will see fields lined up with different vegetables, fruits and nuts.

One of those fields are the Almond orchards which are known for their February bloom, a perfect scenery for pictures.

“We just finished bloom. Almonds bloom in February and everyone loves those beautiful flowers and everyone wants pictures in them but that is really how the almond tree starts,” said Almond grower Jenny Holterman.

After the beautiful bloom, something special begins to happen.

“Now from those flowers, these nuts are starting to grow”

Almond orchards across Kern County begin growing until they are ready for harvest in July. Holterman says Kern County produces more almonds than other county in the state because the Mediterranean climate is perfect.

After they are harvested, they go to a Heller and Sheller where the outer shell is removed and then go to a processer where they are packaged.

Holterman says she has no idea where her almonds will up but says that if the demand continues, Kern County will also continue growing for the country.

“There is a high demand and that’s why you see almonds through our country and it’s a great health nut, great protein and very versatile.”

You can also learn many more facts about almonds by visiting Jenny Holterman’s website, Almond Girl Jenny.