Colors

California walnuts may be color sorted to meet specific product needs. The walnut spectrum chart (for comparison only) illustrates the wide range of color classifications available. We further list down application ideas for the different walnut color variations.

Extra light

No more than 15% shall be darker than extra light of which only 2% (included in the 15%) may be darker than light.

Light

No more than 15% shall be darker than light of which only 2% (included in the 15%) may be darker than light amber.

Application ideas for light walnuts:

  • Toasted in baked good and breads
  • Pureed for dressings and sauces
  • Chopped for butter crusts
  • Blended for walnut milk
  • Sprinkled on salads


Light amber

No more than 15% shall be darker than light amber of which only 2% (included in the 15%) may be darker than amber.

Amber

No more than 10% shall be darker than amber.

Application ideas for light amber walnuts:

  • Ground/ chopped as a component of an authentic-looking meat replacement
  • Toasted and puréed for soups
  • Compliment to rich chocolate desserts
  • Puréed for spreads and sauces
  • Finely chopped for crusting/frying


The official color chart is available from:

Dried Fruit Association of California (DFA)
710 Striker Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95834-1112
Tel: 916-561-5900 Fax: 916-561-5906
www.dfaofca.com