Each September we anxiously await the chestnut harvest.
As the trees become heavy with nuts and the branches bend with the weight of the burrs, we watch for the early signs that the harvest is bursting to begin. When we see the burrs begin to turn slightly brown, we know the nuts will be dropping soon. Some burrs open and drop the nuts on the orchard floor, others stay in the burr as it drops.
To preserve quality we pick up the nuts and burrs daily.
Reducing the time that our nuts spend on the orchard floor helps reduce exposure to the elements, especially the hot California sun which can cause excessive drying and/or sunburn.