Almond Joy – Goodness that Grows on Trees

September 18th, 2013 No Comments Tags: , ,

So I’m back from Lodi, California with a new-found, deeper appreciation for almonds. Me and 29 other nut-loving nutrition and fitness compadres from across the US and Canada were flown in for an intense tour on the topic. I wrote about the Altruistic Almond – A Crunchy Mouthful of YUM on July 12, 2013. Back then I thought I knew a lot about this subject….

The first full day involved seminars galore providing food for thought about almonds from how they grow, more unique health benefits, sustainability, supply chain, food safety and a global view of this nearly perfect food. Our brains were chocked full of these juicy details while our tastebuds were tantalized with almond joy in various foods served throughout the course of the tour. Now our cells are benefiting fully from them!

Day two involved a farm then factory tour getting hands on with Mother Nature, my favourite part. It’s harvest time at the Stewart & Jasper Orchards and we got down and dirty with tree shaking. We were then whisked off to their production facility and were walked through each and every step – the last one being a generous sampling of product from almond butters, to carmel corn, to almonds adorned with exotic flavours from apricot & chilli pepper to chipotle to asiago cheese to cookies & cream and chocolate mint and one with the flavour du jour bacon!

The California Almond Board with logistical support from their precision PR Porter Novelli left no detail overlooked. I felt privileged to be amongst this group of dynamos who are now friend and colleagues as we shared the experience. Since my arrival home I’ve strengthened relationships with friends and family alike by bearing gifts from afar.

My most sincere appreciation for affording me this rich opportunity to experience all aspects of this nut. As Spock says: may we “live long and prosper” and CRUNCH on!

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