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Do You Have an Almond Tree??

Chris A.Chris A. Posts: 27 ✭✭✭

I have an awesome almond tree that has taken several years to get going, but is now producing a good crop of almonds. However, this breed of almond tree has a very very hard shell that is almost impossible to crack (this is not a California almond tree). This is great for storage as they stay fresh for several years because of that hard shell but, short of a 500 dollar nutcracker, I am having a hard time finding one that will crack these nuts. I have managed to break several nutcrackers in the process!! Ideas anyone that has these Hardy Almonds?


  • KarinKarin New ZealandPosts: 272 ✭✭✭

    It sounds like macadamia nuts! They have famously hard shells. One way I have seen to crack the shells is to put them in the gaps in one of those rubber criss-cross door mats and whack them with a mallet. The rubber protects the inside nut from being smooshed while holding them still.

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