What's Tasty at Sigona's Farmers Market

July 13, 2011

John Sigona’s Dried Fruit and Nut Pick of the Week: Raw, whole almonds

John Sigona’s Dried Fruit and Nut Pick of the Week

John Sigona partners with local farmers to get spectacular prices on all your favorite dried fruits & nuts!

Raw, California Grown

Whole Almonds

Reg. $3.99 (9.5 oz.)

On sale for $2.49

Just because California is about to have another massive crop of Almonds (a subject I’ll get to in a moment) you’d think prices would be down…SORRY…NOT SO…prices have continued to rise. The reason is…you guessed it…supply and demand. Not only are USA folks consuming almonds like never before, but so are other countries…Japan has been for years…but recently China’s consumption has become a huge factor, while India is gaining momentum. As China continues to gain economically more Chinese citizens can afford to buy this excellent nut. Increased exportation, combined with our demand, has driven the price skyward, even if only moderately.

Raw almonds are a healthy nutritional choice. Though I buy more than 30 selections of almonds, including roasted and flavored varieties, I’ll always tell any interested individuals to eat raw nuts regularly. Sure, it’s OK to have a roasted flavored nut snack now and again, but you can’t beat raw nuts in relation to healthy eating.

California grows 100% of USA’s commercial crop of Almonds…And California produces about 80% of the world’s supply of Almonds!

More and more of you have discovered the incredible benefits of eating these wonderful nuts—because you are eating them at a record shattering pace…the facts prove it!

Records continue to fall with each passing year:

  • In recent years sales have increased 6-9% per year
  • California’s 2010’s record breaking crop production stood at an incredible 1.64 billion pounds
  • California’s 2011’s crop is predicted to be another record—a mind-boggling 1.95 billion pounds
John outside with produce

John Sigona is the dried fruit & nut buyer for Sigona's Farmers Markets in Palo Alto and Redwood City, Calif.

Health benefits of Almonds are seemingly endless, as nutritional experts, and many of you, continue to marvel at scientific discoveries—here a few of them:

  • Full of antioxidants, especially Flavonoids, which can help fight cancer and heart disease
  • Healthy for your skin
  • Significant Protein
  • Significant Fiber
  • Very high in Vitamin E
  • Lots of Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Riboflavin
  • Significant Vitamin’s B1, B2, B3

This is really an exceptionally special price for our Raw Almonds—and a good time to load up because I don’t know when I’ll be able to do this again.

Almonds will store well for 2-3 months in your freezer or refrigerator. Remember to store them in an air tight container to maintain freshness.

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