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For some time now it's been required that almonds be pasteurized, and the process seems to have diminished the quality of these fine nuts. Over the past few years, even before the requirement for pasturization, I've been disappointed in the quality of almonds - they all seemed "soft" on texture, less intensely flavored, and almost stale. This regardless of where I bought the nuts. I was starting to think that maybe almonds were just like that ... maybe it was because of the way almonds were stored and processed by the large cooperatives - don't know for sure.

Thursday my mind was changed. One of the vendors at the farmers' market, taking advantage of an aspect of the pasteurization regulation that allows the sale of unpasteurized almonds under specific situations, was doing just that - selling good, old-fashioned, unpasteurized and very fresh almonds. Oh, my, they were delicious - crunchy, firm, and deeply flavored - just as I remembered them from years ago.

If you like almonds, try to find some fresh, unpasteurized nuts. You'll be in for a treat. Some of the on-line stores that sell unpasteurized almonds may not be selling fresh almonds - they may have been around for a while.

This situation with the almonds is just another example of how, for whatever reason, our food is losing taste, freshness, and quality, and maybe even nutritional value as well. But WTF do I know ...
post #2 of 8
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Because there were two cases of salmonella linked to them. Insane, isn't it?

The "Almond Board" claims that there is no discernable difference in taste and texture between raw and pasteurized almonds. Further, they claim that pasteurization does not cook the almonds, therefore the almonds can still be sold as raw. Unpasteurized almonds cannot be labeled as "truly raw" and, iirc, they cannot be labeled as unpasteurized. However, the almonds at the farmers' market can be so labeled due to the way the law was written and the exemptions it includes.

However, many people who eat almonds (myself included), and many of those who package and market almonds, say otherwise, and feel that there are taste and texture differences.

Mandatory Almond Pasteurization There are links to other points of view on the page.
post #3 of 8
Mandatory Almond Pasteurization

Again our FDA at work. All they do is lie to the public.
post #4 of 8
Jeez, what would Louis Pasteur think these days? A good idea gone bad with the help of guvmint, is my guess.
post #5 of 8
What about other raw nuts...are they being treated also?
"The pressure's on...let's cook something!"
"The pressure's on...let's cook something!"
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
The only nuts that are being pasteurized at this time are almonds, at least as far as I know. I haven't looked into other nuts at this time. However, a number of varieties of nuts, including sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, are imported from China, regardless of what company is selling the product. I don't eat anything from China ...
post #7 of 8
All these years and no one I know has ever become sick from eating almonds so this is another pointless effort by the FDA to take away healthy options from people. Vegans are especially upset as many of them use raw almonds for many recipes. I wish I could grow almonds here.
post #8 of 8
edit: I stand corrected regarding the Almond board and the FDA & USDA.

You can find almonds that aren't Pasteurized from NutsOnline. I haven't tried anything from this website...but I do plan on trying these almonds one of these days.

I had actually noticed this particular "soft chew" or "soft bite" with the almonds of today and e-mailed a letter about this to the Almond Board of California. I never got a response back...and it's been quite some time that has passed.

who knows,
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