In 2012 we organised all our organic walnut and almond activities under the name and logo of Natura-Nuts.
As indicated by the brand name, we were aiming for natural process chain from production right through to marketing. Gradually this sustainable approach became our company philosophy.
Our crops are grown and processed in compliance with the rules of certified organic farming.
We believe that organic farming is much more beneficial for human health, animals and the environment since there are no synthetic or chemical inputs during the cultivation process. As a result, the crops do not contain any GDO, hormones or chemicals.
Our organic farming activities include harvesting, processing, packaging, labelling, storing and distribution. In Turkey, all steps of the process chain can be tracked and inspected by 19 different inspection and certification institutions licensed by the Ministry of Agriculture. Thus consumers are able to check where, how and by whom the crop was produced. Furthermore, laboratory analyses certify that the product contains no inputs threatening human health.
The quantity of organic goods being produced is increasing rapidly in the US, Europe and Turkey. As a result, more and more consumers are opting for organic products.
The need for agricultural techniques that can minimise all forms of pollution, erosion, salination and other harmful effects that may result from agricultural practices is increasing daily. Environment- friendly methods and approaches that are able to meet this requirement are known as “organic farming”.
In organic farming, no chemicals are input throughout the process chain, thus protecting human health and the environment. All processes, from production to consumption, are inspected and certified by independent accredited third parties. Organic agriculture tries to preserve the balance of nature by not causing any harm to vital resources such as water and air and, as such, is the most modern farming technique of our times.
In current inorganic agricultural practice, farmers and their families are often exposed to the hazards of pesticides or fungicides. Organic farming prohibits the use of these chemicals at any phase in the production process thus playing an important role in preserving and improving public health.
Natura-Nuts organic walnuts and almonds are produced in the Kustepe region of Turkey, more precisely in Suluova, Amasya on 40 hectares of land.
Since the land had not been cultivated for 20 years, it was possible to implement the organic certification process from the very start.
Natura-Nuts organic walnut and almond trees are not treated with any chemicals, fertilizers or fungicides. All natural methods used on the land are recorded and acknowledged throughout the certification process.
Natura-Nuts organic walnut production will eventually consist of 9000 trees. 6000 walnut trees were planted in 2010, and 3000 more will be planted in November 2015. In addition, we have 1000 almond trees grown with organic methods.
All walnut trees are 100% Chandler breed. Chandler walnuts are preferred by consumers due to their light coloured shelled walnuts – a delicious and appealing treat.
Natura-Nuts organic walnut trees will be harvested and processed in 2017. Production capacity for the 15 year old trees is estimated to be 100 tonnes of shelled walnuts.
Certification is the process of evaluation and documentation which ensures that the products and inputs comply with organic farming standards. For a product to be evaluated and labelled as organic, it must be cultivated in accordance with the regulations set out by national and international authorities. This certification process must be inspected by certification bodies accredited by international standardisation organisations (ISO) and authorised by national and international authorities such as Eco-Cert.
Natura-Nuts signed a contract with one of the world’s leading organic product certification bodies, Eco-Cert, in 2012. Consequently, the certification procedure for our organic walnut production started with the project code 126514-01.
The certification procedure complies with the TR EOS inspection norms.
Walnuts will be processed in two advanced technological lines with machines. These machines are designed to minimise damage to the walnuts while achieving the target yield. Furthermore, they are designed to cause minimum environmental pollution and the materials used for their construction are chosen accordingly.
Walnut processing consists of two lines: Hulling and shelling;
Hulling line (removing the outer green hull)
Hulling, washing, drying (dehydration), grading, quality control, storing.
Cracking, shelling, quality control, grading, packaging.
Hulling and washing
The green hulls of walnuts are cut and scrubbed off with brushes and brush discs in a perforated steel drum.
In a 3 level vertical drying unit, walnuts are dehydrated to 8 % moisture content with the help of a centrifugal heat generator, thus attaining the right moisture content to maintain quality during storage.
In order to prevent acifidation, walnuts must be stored under special conditions. Natura-Nuts walnuts are stored in storage units complying with organic farming criteria at a specific temperature and moisture content, thus retaining their freshness.
Walnuts are cracked automatically without the need for calibration and the cracked walnuts are air-separated from their shells. The next step is to remove all the left-over shell pieces by manually. The shelling process aims to get the highest yield of walnut halves without damaging the fruits.
Walnut kernels are seperated into 4 different sizes by a special grading machine, walnut halves being the largest.
Quality Control: Walnut kernels are inspected according to their kernel colour, size and shape following the procedures for the ISO 9000 Quality Control Certificate.
The graded inshell nuts are packed in 10-20 kg cardboard boxes lined with a plastic bag and vacuumed. If packaging with protective gas is requested, protective gas is inserted into the vacuumed bag before it is sealed. This ensures that the walnuts stay fresh for a longer period.
100% Quality standart application.