When are Nuts Harvested?

News | Jan 27, 2022
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












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