Our Walnut Varieties
The Tulare walnut is an increasingly popular inshell variety, known for its high yield. A newer variety, the Tulare was derived from a tree grown from seed at the University of California walnut breeding program, directed by Eugene Serr and Harold Forde in 1967. Named after a county in California’s Central Valley, Tulares are harvested mid-season and continue to be a significant contributor to the state’s walnut production.
In 1915, the Hartley walnut was exhibited at the World’s Fair and won the blue ribbon for premium inshell nut. Today this “classic walnut”; is the principal variety marketed inshell. Hartleys are harvested mid-late season. The thin-shelled, well-sealed nut is easy to crack and continues to be the best inshell walnut variety for customers who require an artificially bleached shell.
Howard walnuts have steadily increased in popularity since their introduction approximately 25 years ago. A University of California variety, this large, round, smooth nut has a good seal and is harvested mid-season. Well known for its light nutshell color and attractive natural appearance, the Howard walnut features a large, light kernel that provides outstanding flavor. Howard walnuts rank among the top six varieties grown in California, which together account for more than 75% of the state’s walnut production.