South African Nuts
Nut Production in South Africa

Rising demand for healthy food has resulted in a rapid expansion of the area under tree nut production in South Africa. 

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

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.


The Western Cape is most suited for almond production because of its Mediterranean climate. The origin of almonds is uncertain, but the gene...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. Comme...more


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


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 durin...more


Walnuts were brought to South Africa by British settlers around the 1820s, resulting in big walnut trees being scattered all over the easter...more