Almonds are native to the Middle East, thus, they must be cultivated in areas that have similar climates. Only the state of California can support almond cultivation. Almond trees cultivated in California supply 100% of the US’s commercial supply of almonds, and 80% of the world’s supply. The disappearance of bees has become an especially large problem for the almond farms in California, as the pollination of almond trees is heavily dependent on bee populations.
California certainly produces the vast bulk of almonds grown within the US. In 2007 the USDA recorded that ~6700 farms grew almonds across the US. 97% of those farmers were located in California. However 25 other states also contained at least one almond farm, lead by Oregon (31 almond farms), Utah (30 farms), and Virginia (20 farms).
Thanks for the clarification! I thought there might be other states. How did you know this answer, btw?
You can access the USDA’s 2007 census on agriculture online: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/index.asp Figuring out the tricks to pulling out specific sets of data can be tricky, but once you do you can get access to all sorts of interesting numbers like the ones in my answer.
Thanks for that additional info!
Can you share the list of farms in VA? I tried searching online and couldn’t find them but am looking to source local almonds. Thanks!
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