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How to Sort Your Nuts After Harvesting

How to Sort Your Nuts After Harvesting

The harvesting process is made fun and easy when you're using a Bag-A-Nut Harvester. Once you've collected all your nuts into crates, baskets, bags, or bins, the job of sorting can begin. There will most likely be sticks, leaves, the occasional rotten nut, and other debris mixed in with your nuts, and it can be a long process to sort through.

Learn the whole process of harvesting with the Bag-A-Nut in the video below.

There really isn't a right or wrong way to do this. It just depends on the quantity of nuts you have and your preferred style. Some people choose to get it done right away by hand on the tailgate of their truck, right there on the orchard. There are commercial grade sorting tables out there, and they're definitely an investment.

Others like to get more creative and make their own sorting tables. This is done by building a wooden frame with a wire rack on top and attaching a fan blower to blow away lighter debris.

Whatever way you choose to sort your nuts, make sure to store them in a cool, dry place until you're ready to use them!

Check out this video on how to make your own sorting table.

Make These Nutty Treats For Valentine's Day

Make These Nutty Treats For Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you might be thinking about gifts and treats to share with your loved ones. Macadamia nuts, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, and almonds are all delicious and add their own unique hearty flavor to any dessert. If you or those you love are nut lovers, these nutty Valentine’s Day recipes are for you!

Red Velvet Macadamia Cookies
These cookies are made with a half a cup of macadamia nuts and are a beautiful pinkish color, perfect for Valentine's Day. They are festive and sure to be delicious. Check out the recipe here and see for yourself! 

Pecan Caramel Clusters
Pecan pie is a classic dessert for the fall, but you can also use pecans to make other types of treats. This one is for the chocolate lovers. The recipe calls for 2 cups of pecans, so you’ll be sure to get your pecan fix. The flavors of caramel, chocolate, and pecans coming together will be sure to make your mouth water. Check out the recipe here.

Walnut Chocolate Ganache Tart
Walnuts and chocolate are also a delicious combination. This tart recipe contains 2 cups of walnuts and with the rich ganache chocolate filling is sure to be a rich treat. Find out for yourself here.

Almond Joy Cheesecake Bars
This Rich Cheesecake has chopped almonds and coconut, making it a unique twist on a classic recipe. 

Hazelnut and Chocolate Mousse
If you’re looking for a healthier dessert that is still decadent, check out this Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse. It contains a full cup of hazelnuts, plus more crushed on top.

Bonus Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries Dipped in Nuts
You can’t celebrate Valentine's Day without Chocolate Covered Strawberries! This recipe calls for any crushed nuts of your liking. Pick your favorite or create a mixture and sample a slice of heaven! 

We hope you enjoy at least one of these recipes and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

When are Nuts Harvested?

When are Nuts Harvested?

Bag-A-Nut offers a wide range of machines that pick up different nuts. It started with pecans, and from there harvesters were created to pick up acorns, almonds, chestnuts, hazelnuts, hickory nuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts, and even pine cones, and sweet gum balls. Bag-A-Nut Harvesters make picking up nuts fun, fast, easy, and efficient. Depending on where you live and what kind of trees you have on your property will determine when you should harvest your nuts. Here is a comprehensive guide to which time of year you can get out in the fresh air and collect your nuts!

Though they're not the most popular nut to cook with, acorns were a staple in the Native American diet, and can be used today in soups, breads, pancakes, and more! You'll want to start harvesting them in late September and October, depending on the type of oak tree, and where you live. Almonds are a delicious nut used in many different dishes. When their outer husk splits and falls from the tree, they're ready to be collected. This is usually around August and September.

Chestnut trees thrive in climates with cold winters and warm summers. Their timeframe for becoming ripe can span over about five weeks and this usually occurs in late August through September. You should wait until they have fallen to collect chestnuts, as shaking the tree can cause immature nuts to fall. Hazelnut trees on the other hand can be shaken. Hazelnuts begin to ripen in September and the best time to harvest them is in October. You'll want to collect them as soon as they fall so they don't become damp and rot, or become food for animals and insects. Hickory nuts are also ripe in the fall and are best harvested in October.

Macadamia nuts are native to Australia and are very popular in Hawaii as well. They begin to ripen in late autumn and continue through spring. It depends on which type of tree you have and your climate, but you'll know your nuts are ready for harvest when the husks dry out and turn from green to brown. Once this happens, the husk will split, revealing the nut inside. Pecans will also dry out and split when they are ripe. They are best harvested during late September through November. Some regions continue to have great harvests into early winter.

Gardening Know How explains, "Autumn is the time for black walnut harvesting. In the tree’s native region of eastern North America, fruits drop from September until October. Dropped hulls usually mean ripe fruits, but you should check the appearance to ensure ripeness. The unripe fruit is green while the fully ripe fruit is yellow-ish verging on tan." English walnuts are also ready to be harvested in October and are much easier to crack than black walnuts due to their thinner shells.

Though they're not nuts, sweet gum balls and pine cones can be picked up with Bag-A-Nut harvesters as well. Sweet gum balls fall between December and April. Pine cones are usually associated with autumn time because they drop September through December.

No matter which nut or seed you're wanting to pick up, Bag-A-Nut harvesters have you covered. Check out all your options here: https://baganut.com/collections