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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Organic Unpasteurized Raw Almonds Part 2

Raw, unpasteurized almonds provide the ultimate health benefit from the almonds. A raw almond has not been pasteurized. Pasteurization degrades the ultimate health benefit of the almonds by introducing moisture and heat. It is no-longer the same nut as was removed from the tree. All California almonds in the stores have been pasteurized by law 7 CFR Part 981. For organic almonds, this process involves a steam treatment. In this process the almonds are subjected to a heated steam, then air dried where the nuts reach at least 220 degrees. The law allows marketing (labeling) almonds as "raw" even when they have been pasteurized regarless of the process used! Also, the labeling does not require a statement that the almonds have been processed by pasteurization. This is crazy and does not provide transparancy to the consumer. I think the government failed us is this regard.

The law did carve out an exemption by which farmers may sell their almonds direct to the consumer. This farmer-direct model is the only way to buy truly raw, unpasteurized almonds.

You can buy unpasteurized raw almonds directly from the California farmer at Capay Hills Orchard. Order off the website, or by calling or texting 530-507-8222. Talk or text directly with the farmer, Brian Paddock Alternatively email Please share this post with your friends.

Capay Hills Orchard is a small family farm growing the best raw almonds, raw almond butter and smoked almonds. Capay Hills Orchard is Veteran owned, Bee Friendly certified, and of-course Certified Organic using Regenerative farming practices.

Unpasterized Raw Almonds
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