The foothills of Haute Provence, with their chalky, stony soil and plentiful sunshine, make ideal growing conditions for almond trees. It is from this soil that the almonds draw their exceptional taste.
Fresh and dried almonds have been a staple of Mediterranean diets for untold years, and with good reason. They are full of energy, minerals, calcium, and vitamins, including the anti-oxidant vitamin E, as well as B3 and B9. Almond consumption may help lower cholesterol too and you’ll find them in many Provençal recipes.
Our almonds and almond products come from three producers in Haute Provence, each masters of their own specialty. We decided to source our raw almonds from Francoise Jaubert's farm near Valensole in Haute-Provence. The farm is called Les Grandes Marges, and almonds and lavender have been grown there since the end of WWII.
The location is quite unique and ideal for cultivating both plants. It's fairly elevated, at over 500m above sea level, with very dry soil, which is perfect to give the almonds their distinctive taste.
The almonds varieties grown here (Ferragnès and Lauranne) are among the larger speciments, slightly pointed and with smooth brown skin. They stand out for their rather sweet flavour. The taste you get from these almonds is completely authentic because the nuts haven’t been heated or treated.
The shells are separated from the almonds at the farm using their own machinery and there's no third party involved with the almonds at all—they come straight from the farm.
More than 80% of the raw almonds sold worldwide come from California, where extensive agriculture and the use of GMOs are a threat for the environment, especially bees. In contrast, when you buy raw almonds coming from the Jauberts, you know that they come from sustainable farming and agriculture that fits with and respects its environment.
To find out more about each of our producers, simply select that producer's photo from the slideshow below.