Nature's Finest Foods, Ltd.

Specializing in the markteting of tree nuts.

While grown in many countries around the world, California, with its mild climate and deep fertile soils, provides ideal growing conditions for the English walnut, produces 99% of the total U.S. crop and 2/3 of the world's trade. The walnut is a versatile ingredient nut. In manufactured food products, walnuts positively impact product flavor, texture, mouth feel, nutritional value, and stability. Walnuts are extremely functional in a wide variety of food processes: freezing, baking, broiling, refrigeration, frying and micro waving.

Walnuts are sorted into 8 sizes. Walnuts are sized over round hole screens expressed in 1/64î. These sizes range from 12/64î to 52/64.

Sizing: 
Walnut Halves 7/8 or more of the kernel is intact. 85% or more of lot, by weight, are half kernels with the remainder three-fourths half kernels.
Walnut Pieces and Halves 20% or more of lot, by weight, are half kernels (7/8 or more of the kernel is intact).
Walnut Pieces Portions of kernels in lot cannot pass through 24/64 inch round opening.
Walnut Medium Pieces Although not covered in USDA Standards, Medium Pieces are a common size classification used in the California walnut industry. No less than 98% may pass through a 32/64-inch screen.
Walnut Small Pieces Portions of kernels in lot pass through 24/64 inch round openings but cannot pass through a 8/64 inch round opening.
Walnut Meal The smallest form of the walnut comes in various consistencies ranging from a coarse meal to a fine powder. Use walnut meal to dust cakes, use in dough and batter, and for walnut compounds. Finely ground walnut are incorporated into pastas, added to fillings and used as a thickening agent in sauces.
Topping Pieces Portions of lot pass through 20/64 inch round opening.
Syrupers Portions of lot pass through 28/64 inch round opening.
Grading: 
Extra Light No more than 15% shall be darker than extra light.
Light No more than 15% shall be darker than light.
Light Amber No more than 15% shall be darker than light amber.
Amber No more than 10% shall be darker than amber.

This website contains only pecan related statistics. For statistical information on other tree nuts, click the appropriate link(s) above.