South African Nuts
Nut Production in South Africa

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South African Walnuts are produced near Aliwal North in the Free State.

Rising demand for healthy food has resulted in a rapid expansion of the area under tree nut production in South Africa. The country’s diverse climatic conditions favours the production of a wide range of tree nuts in South Africa, such as pecan nuts, almonds, pistachios and walnuts, with South Africa competing with Australia for the title of the world’s largest macadamia producer.

Almonds

The Western Cape is most suited for almond production because of its Mediterranean climate. The origin of almonds is uncertain, but the general consensus is that these nuts originated in China and Central Asia, from where they spread to the Mediterranean...more

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts were already established in the Durban Botanical Gardens in South Africa in 1915, the source of which is still unknown. Commercial production was established in the 1960s with production increasing so much over the years...more

Peanuts

The terms groundnuts and peanuts can be used interchangeably, but in South Africa the industry primarily refers to groundnuts, whereas peanuts are used in North and South America....more

Pecan Nuts

South Africa is the third largest international producer of pecan nuts, but volumes are quite insignificant as the United States and Mexico, together, account for roughly 90% of the global production....more

Pistachios

Pistachios are in the cashew family. Like cashews, they are not a true nut but seeds of red or yellow plum-like fruit that are removed during processing. They are native to the Middle East from where they spread to the Mediterranean...more

Walnuts

Walnuts were brought to South Africa by British settlers around the 1820s, resulting in big walnut trees being scattered all over the eastern high ground where the climate is a bit cooler, according to Rotondo Walnuts....more