Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Almonds


By Anna-Marie Barnes This article was originally published on This month, we’re going nuts for almonds. Although this versatile member of the Rosaceae family does not provide a crop to harvest in September, it is a cheerful harbinger of spring, among the first of the fruiting trees to flower (somewhat profusely) in late winter and early spring. As such, I think it deserves an early spot in the productive-crops calendar and a place in your garden. Nuts are increasingly in the nutritional spotlight, and consumer demand is high, in accordance with the current trend towards [...]

Your Backyard Fruit Bowl – Almonds2023-02-15T14:36:38+13:00



Guidelines for Growing Hazelnuts in New Zealand A series of bulletins in PDF form for download (2016): Bulletin 1: Introduction Bulletin 2: Hazelnut Varieties Bulletin 3: Flowering and Pollination Bulletin 4: Nut Development and Quality Bulletin 5: Establishment Bulletin 6: Orchard Management Bulletin 7: Harvesting […]




You've heard of that 'old chestnut' – perhaps we have defined it here: The Chestnut industry in New Zealand has been arduously nutted out many times over; but it always seems to relegate itself into the 'nearly made it' chest. This time - 2013 - there still remain international markets pleading for product. A leading tree propagator of great experience holds a bud grafting workshop featuring chestnuts. He has supplied thousands of trees over decades for this elusive industry - Where is this chestnut industry that has swallowed up so much effort? While we wait for answers from the many [...]


Nut Crops Summary – Grow Nuts Yourself


Written by Eric Cairnes, NZTCA - February 2000 So you've bought or are thinking of buying a rural block and perhaps earning some retirement income from growing something, preferably something you yourself like eating.  What about nuts? They are high value, store well, are eary to transport, lend themselves to niche marketing and can be managed on a fairly small scale. Remember the in shell nuts you indulged in over Christmas.  If you chose well, you found some excellent quality locally grown walnuts or hazels.  Most of us however, bought mixed packs of nuts imported from around the world.  They [...]

Nut Crops Summary – Grow Nuts Yourself2023-02-28T15:19:32+13:00



Walnut categories: The Walnut Industry Nut crops summary - Walnut, Chestnut and others. Walnut Blogletter launched in 2010 by Nick Nelson Parker  


Andean Walnut


Family - JUGLANDACEAE Botanical Name - Juglans neotropica Diels = J. honorei Dode Other Names - Tocte (fruit), Nogal (tree), Ecuador Walnut, Tropical Walnut, Cedro, Black or Nogul Cedar Introduction In 1977 on a trip to Ecuador Dick Endt of Landsendt Nursery saw the potential for growing Andean Walnut in New Zealand. The first trees were planted in the Auckland area at Oratia,then later at Great Barrier Island. Other older plantings are in the Bay of Plenty where there is a mature tree cropping well.i Ironically this tree was used as root stock for grafted English Walnuts, J. regia, instead of [...]

Andean Walnut2013-03-09T08:11:58+13:00



Introduction Pistachio (Pistachio vera) nuts are a crop of great antiquity. They probably originated in Iran, Turkestan and Afghanistan. The major producers of pistachio nuts are Iran, Turkey and California in the USA. Less important producers are Australia, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Greece and Italy. Orchard cultivation in America and Australia has a short history. Of 40,000 acres planted in California, about 90% have been planted since 1970. Australian interest also began in the 1970's and they have made good progress especially on selecting cultivars suitable for Australian conditions. The pistachio is a small tree similar to the fig in its [...]




Classification : CARYA - Hickory - JUGLANDACEAE Pecan - Introduction Pecan is considered one of the most valuable nut species. The word 'pecan' means “a nut too hard to crack by hand”. Its scientific name, Carya illinoensis is from karyon (an ancient Greek name for nut) and a Latinised version of Illinois (meaning the nut that grew in the territory occupied by the Illinois Indian tribe). This member of the Hickory family originated in North America but Pecan trees have been growing in New Zealand for more than 100 years. The enthusiasm of Owen Long and others who worked with [...]




Classification - Proteaceae Introduction - Macadamia Although Macadamia are native to the eastern subtropical coastal rainforest of Australia (23 – 29 degrees South latitude) until recently the main commercial plantings were all in Hawaii. They were used there for reforestation projects but were not satisfactory for this use. Many trees were planted as ornamentals and these formed the nucleus for the early orchard plantings until in 1936 the University of Hawaii began a survey from which the five most promising selections were named in 1948. Overseas, major plantings exist in Australia, Hawaii, California, Florida, South Africa, Central America and Brazil [...]


Pine Nut


Classification: Pinaceae Other names for Pinus pinea Stone Pine, Edible Pinenut, Umbrella Pine Introduction Many species of pines bear edible pine nuts. These nuts are actually the kernels which are released when pine seeds are cracked open, and each cone usually has numerous seeds. Different pine species have different sized seeds, different ease of cracking and different flavours – the worst tasting strongly of turpentine. Pine nuts are very nutritious and have been an integral part of the native diet in many parts of the northern hemisphere for thousands of years. There are at least 18 species that produce edible nuts. [...]

Pine Nut2013-03-04T08:00:44+13:00
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