Company: Diamond of California
Introduced: October 2018
Suggested Retail Price: $4.99
Product Snapshot: Diamond of California, the century-old producer of “Made for Homemade” specialty nuts, has expanded their Heirloom Reserve footprint with the launch of their Heirloom Nut & Fruit Blends, featuring heirloom walnuts, pecans and marconas perfectly paired with premium dried fruits. These tasty creations are vegan-friendly, and include clean-label, farmer’s market-inspired dried fruits, providing a much healthier alternative to traditional trail mixes. Great as a topping to a morning’s yogurt or delicious, wholesome fueling on-the-go, these blends thoughtfully incorporate the best of both the nut and fruit worlds.
“Our new Heirloom Nut & Fruit Blends are the result of a growing demand for convenient foods on grocery store shelves that don’t compromise nutrition,” said CEO Gary Ford. “We took the time to consciously source the highest quality nuts and dried fruits, elevating what’s often common into something that’s wonderfully simple and free of any unnecessary additives. These blends are the best of from our growers who take their craft seriously, making the perfect ensemble of flavor-packed pairings that are equally healthy, as they are delicious.”
Diamond of California unveiled their Heirloom Reserve line, including walnuts, pecans, and marcona Almonds in 2017. The brand has been working closely with their beloved farmer partners to cultivate smaller batches of generation-old heirloom nuts that are renowned for their distinctive look and enhanced flavor. Each of the three Nut & Fruit Blends highlights a respective heirloom varietal alongside a curated selection of premium dried fruit.
- Heirloom Walnut Blend ($4.99 for 5.5 oz size bag) - This blend pays homage to the fields surrounding Diamond of California’s headquarters in Central California, filled with alternating cherry and walnut trees. The combination includes Heirloom walnuts generously tossed with tidbits of dried cherries, making for a heart-friendly snack.
- Heirloom Pecan Blend ($4.99 for 3oz size bag) - This mixture includes crunchy peach wedges, diced Honey Crisp apples, left with their natural red peel, and Heirloom Pecans. The Heirloom Pecans are a wild variety, native to the United States, that are foraged off the river beds in the South. Instantly upgrade warm oatmeal or cold cereal with a handful or two of this Fall harvest-inspired blend.
- Heirloom Marcona Blend ($4.99 for 5.4oz size bag) - A classic marriage of dried blueberries and dried lemon peel with an added crunch from the heirloom marcona almonds and an extra pop from apple juice dried cranberries. The marcona almonds are blanched to remove the bitter skins and are unseasoned so that the nut’s natural flavor shines through and pairs perfectly with the dried fruit.