Red Walnuts: Favorite Seasonal Discovery

Red walnuts? I’d never seen such a thing before.

From the California Farm Bureau, I discovered that’s because it’s a new variety.

“UC Davis researchers developed the variety they call Livermore using traditional methods, not genetic modification. Farmers say the trees grow slowly. The nuts must be hand shelled to retain the redness, making that procedure costly.”

Because of this they will remain rare. I bought some at the Alemany Farmer’s Market, and the price was about 50% higher than their brown counterparts. They’re a gorgeous plum color that has lots of potential for beautiful desserts and colorful recipes.

Contact me if you would like to get your hands on some!

My apple pie toppingThe festive pie!

  • Twilight Greenaway

    These are cool. Do you remember who grew them?

  • Susie

    Yup – Ferrari Farms!

  • Nick Bertagna

    We are walnut and almond farmers in Butte County and have 20 acres of Livermores. They are growing very well for us and are starting their 4th growing season. The production is increaseing every year and we will have them available for sale this 2009 Fall. If anyone is interested in them please contact us.

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  • Jim Shasky

    We grow Livermore Walnuts. Our oldest tress are 8 years. We sell them direct and at farmers markets in the central valley. We sell them for the same price as the white walnuts.

  • Paula Forgey

    Love them! They were being sold at a gas station (of all places) and the grower was in Linden, CA. Where can I buy them? Very nice flavor, no bitterness!

  • Susie

    I got pistachios at a roadside stand in Linden once :) I only know of the Alemany Market in San Fran but the growers may be able to tell you other places!

  • Carol Bennett

    I am looking to buy some Livermore walnuts. I first found them at Bucchan Hollow nut house last year but since then they have not gotten anymore back in. Please direct me as to where to buy them.
    Thank you
    Carol Bennett

  • gordon anderson

    Hamada Farms sells Livermore walnuts at the farmers market on Saturday … Ferry Plaza Market

  • Cathie Gayman

    Red Walnuts availability? I live in Carlsbad, CA (San Diego area). How much are they. I want a slice of that pictured pie!!! Warm with vanilla ice cream

  • Carolyn

    I just purchased red walnuts at Encinitas FM (SD County) – on April 11th. $10/half pound.

  • Laura

    I recently discovered red walnuts at the La Jolla farmers market. Though expensive I will never be able to buy store bought variety ever again!

  • Jenna

    They are available at Marinwood Farmers Market on Saturdays. They are beautiful and taste great!

  • Carrie

    We farm Livermore Red Walnuts as well. They are very popular with our customers. We sell them on our website and at the Farmers Markets we participate in. Thanks for featuring red walnuts!

  • Samantha

    I just found them for sale at New Earth Market in Yuba City, CA. They are grown locally & the price wasn’t bad.