Take a look at some of our most asked questions below!
Do your products have any additives or preservatives?
No, our product does not contain any preservatives.
Are your products Gluten Free?
Yes, nuts are naturally 100% gluten free.
Have your products been genetically modified?
No. Our products have not been genetically modified.Genetically modified walnuts are not planted in California. New varieties and modifications are made using conventional plant breeding methods.
Are your Walnuts are Pasteurized?
Generally speaking, there are currently no requirements to pasteurize walnuts. Our walnuts are not pasteurized. Specific customer requests for pasteurization can be accommodated using third party vendors.
Are your walnuts raw?
Yes, currently all our product is selling raw.
Are these Kosher?
Yes, our products are kosher certified.
Do you sell organic products?
We are not currently selling organic products but we may start selling them in the future.
Can I go to your facility to purchase your products while I’m in town?
No, we are not offering any direct purchase from our office but you can visit our online store from our website www.empirenut.com and order the product and quantity of your choice. However, you can order online and pickup from our facility. Terms apply.
Do you offer your products wholesale for my small business?
Yes, we do offer wholesale pricing for small businesses. Please contact us.
What is the best storage option for your products?
We recommend that you store nuts in a cool dry place like the refrigerator or freezer. If in the original sealed package, you may store them in the package. Once opened, store in airtight container.
Is there a difference in taste between light and dark walnuts?
Walnuts have four natural colors when they are brought in from the orchard. They are extra light, light, light amber and amber. All are sold commercially and enjoyed by consumers. Light walnuts have a mild flavor with some earthy notes, subtle tannins and are widely available and perhaps most familiar. Light amber walnuts have a robust flavor,smooth tannins and a slightly sweet finish. Often the same tree will produce both light and dark walnuts.
When is harvest/ when do the walnuts bloom?
California walnuts harvesting usually starts in September and last till early November. Walnut bloom starts in late March-April. If you would like to learn more, please visit the walnut board at www.walnuts.org.
What else is being done to insure sustainability?
Research continues to maximize the efficient use of water and develop more efficient farming practices. Efforts to decrease water runoff, determining when to irrigate an orchard rather than watering on a predetermined schedule and tracking tree status and soil moisture are on going. As farmers we are committed to sustainable growing practices. To underscore this commitment, in 2009 the California Walnut Sustainability Program was established to provide continuing education and better understand good practices related to water, energy, air quality, soil quality and pest management.