Are you up on the California Almond controversy? Thanks to a federal rule in September 2007, California-grown raw almonds are no longer truly raw. That is, unless you purchase them online.
The USDA, at the request of the Almond Board of California, began requiring in 2007 that raw almonds be treated with a process generously described as “pasteurization.” The rule mandates either the gassing of the raw nuts with a toxic fumigant (propylene oxide) or treatment with high-temperature steam-heat. (Click here for a factsheet on the matter) – Cornucopia News
If you buy your almonds from a retailer, they’ve been either steamed, irradiated or chemically pasteurized. Not good.
We use almonds for milk and cheese and many recipes:
- How to Make Almond Milk
- Making Almond Cheese
- How to Make Almond Cheese
- Chia Pudding with Almond Milk
Last December, we started to buy unpasteurized raw organic almonds online from Bremner Farms Roadside Stand. We’ve checked around on Amazon and Bremner’s prices are competitive. Five pounds lasted us more than three month. It’s a good product.
For information on the farmers legal fight, visit Action for Almonds.