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Almond Bloom

The first sign of spring on the Pacific Coast

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Almond orchards occupy one million acres in California (about 405,000 ha), according to the US Department of Agriculture. So every year, from mid-February to early or mid-March, the countryside in Northern and Central California dresses up in delicate white and pink flowers. The last week of February is the ultimate time.

The "valley snow"

When the almond petals fall on the ground, they create a tender blanket, which locals call "the valley snow." This mesmerizing phenomenon happens in early or mid-March. In addition to gorgeous pictures of the blossoms that you can share with your friends, the smell of the almond trees is no less impressive. And you can keep that memory just for yourself.

Where to see almond bloom in California

The almond bloom is massive throughout the Central Valley, where almonds are one of the main crops. Durham is a popular spot for almond blossoms.

In the Sacramento area, take a road trip from Woodland to Dixon. This 18 mi (29 km) drive will take you through the most luxurious almond orchards in Northern California. You can also see blooming almond trees along CA-16.

Further south, there are many almond orchards in the Modesto area, namely Alldrin Almond Orchards, as well as Phippen Orchard in Ripon, San Joaquin County. A bit more distant Bakersfield also boasts exuberant blooming orchards.

Most almond farms are quite small. Family-owned orchards comprise the majority of farms in the region. Together they produce about 80 percent of the world's almonds.

Practical info

When do almond trees blossom in California?

Almond trees in California bloom from mid-February to mid-March

Where can I see almond blossoms in California?

Some of the best almost blossoms in California can be seen in the Central Valley; between Woodland and Dixon; in the Modesto area.

What percentage of the world's almonds come from California?

California grows about 80% of the world's almond

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