The white or pale pink almond blossoms of the almond tree fall off to the ground to surround the trees. It's time to welcome fall, but how did we still end up with fruits if no bloom stood tall? The word you're looking for is pollination.
Step 1: Almond Blossoms on Almond Trees
Scientifically known as Prunusdulcis, the 6 to 9-meter tall almond tree blossoms into thousands of flowers with unique magenta-colored centers in early spring. Even though almond trees are self-infertile, they allow cross-pollination with neighboring trees to grow flowers that later turn into almonds.
Step 2: Cross-Pollination With The Bees
The pollen is moved from bloom to bloom via pollination bees who are on a hunt for nectar. Pollen tends to get attached to the hairy bodies of bees and is carried across to another tree in hopes of landing on the stigma (the part of a flower through which fertilization occurs). However, the pollen must belong to a different genetic; only then will it germinate and travel down the tube of the flower to make it to the ovule. The probability of the pollen not touching the stigma within one to three days makes the almond blossom procedure complex, which is why only 30 percent of the total flowers bloomed set fruits.
The almond industry values bees immensely in this regard. Californian farmers are known to rent bees seasonally for their orchards; the more the population of bees, the greater the chances of fertilization. Moreover, the longer the bees are allowed to fly in the orchard, the higher the nut yield. The bees are also able to rebuild their strength during this season.
Step 3: The Fruit Formation
From here on, the almond seed grows inside of a fuzzy hull and a shell that protects the almond until it's time to ripen.
Step 4: It's Time for Harvesting
The almond fruit is harvested, and each of the three parts is separated. The hull is used to feed livestock as it's rich in nutrients, while the shell is crushed to make animal bedding and create biomass that's burned for providing heat. The most important of the three is the almond consumed raw or grounded to make almond butter, almond milk, and almond crackers. Each ounce of almonds contains 160 calories, which is the lowest among all nuts.
Almonds have hundreds, if not thousands, of health benefits, including the prevention of heart diseases that lead to morbidity or mortality. Buy wholesale almonds in bulk for daily consumption from Bloom Nuts, an online almond store. We bring you the sweetest, high-quality nuts when you place your order online. We harvest them ourselves on our orchard farms to deliver farm fresh almonds each time!