Walnut Grades

Hand-cracked walnuts are considered one of the most premium products in the global walnut snack market owing to their flawless looks and high halves percentage. Olam is a global leader in supplying quality hand-cracked walnuts. By procuring premium quality walnuts from various geographies through our highly efficient supply chain, we can maintain unparalleled traceability to farm gate and superior product freshness. We hand-crack our walnuts with utmost care and in a tightly controlled food-safe environment so that we can deliver the best product to our customers. Our walnuts are selectively sourced and gently shelled resulting in a taste experience that will have you reaching for more! 

Extra Light Fancy Halves: 

Extra light in color and mostly medium-sized fancy pieces. 70% of Walnut kernels are not darker than “light amber” and by weight, 85% are pieces and 15% halves. They are attractive and can be used as toppings.

Applications of Walnut Extra Light Fancy Halves:

  • Snacking
  • Munching
  • Baking
  • Topping for ice creams

Extra Light Halves:

The color is pretty much like the former and is mostly medium-sized pieces. Extra Light Halves have about 80% pieces and 20% halves. The only difference between Extra Light Fancy Halves and Extra Light Halves is the attractiveness of the fancy halves is superior to the traditional halves.

Applications of Walnut Extra Light Halves:

  • Zucchini
  • Baking and confectionaries
  • Flavored Snacks

Light Halves: 

Slightly darker in color than the other two grades, mostly medium-sized pieces. 85% or more kernels of any lot would be in good condition and by weight are half kernels.

Applications of Walnut Light Halves:

  • Inputs for nutritional foods
  • Baking and confectionaries
  • Flavored Snacks

Combo Halves:

Brownish in color. They make up for 20% halves, 65% quarters, and 15% pieces - They also have a very crunchy texture.

Applications of Walnut Combo Halves:

  • Salads
  • Pasta
  • Cereal
  • Soups
  • Baked Goods
  • Ice Cream

Quarters and Broken - Light:

Light brown in color, they make up for 30% broken and 70% quarters - They also have a crunchy texture.

Application of Walnut Quarters and Broken - Light:

  • Ice creams
  • Salads
  • Nut-based Snacks

Walnut Small Broken - Light:

Portions of kernels in lot pass through 24/64-inch (9.53 mm) round openings, but cannot pass through 8/64-inch (3.18 mm) round openings.

Application of Walnut Small Broken - Light:

  • Ice creams
  • Salads
  • Nut-based Snacks

Walnut Combo Halves and Pieces:

About 20% of kernels are halves and 85% of kernels are in good condition. If you are looking for nearly the opposite of Extra Light Fancy Halves, then this is the right choice.

Application of Walnut Combo Halves and Pieces:

  • Desserts
  • Salads
  • Seed and Nut Crackers
  • Dumplings
  • Nut-based Snacks

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You can also read our weekly/monthly walnut market reports here.

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