What's the difference between insecticide free and organic almonds?

What's the difference between insecticide free and organic almonds?

Our Insecticide Free Almonds are 100% Australian grown without the use of artificial or synthetic insecticides and pesticides. They are of the Carmel Supreme variety.  They are grown in the Australia Riverland area and are harvested from the inside of the inedible frit of the almond tree. They are not self-pollinating, so at least two different varieties of trees are necessary for a productive orchard.  

Bees play a vital role in the pollination of an almond crop in an orchard. Once the almond blossom dies off and the pollination has occurred, the almond “fruit” will start to appear.  Once the almonds are ripe enough, they are harvested and are often left to dry out in rows on the orchard floor, then cracked (hulled) and processed. They are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, stored without the use of artificial chemicals and are not heat treated. 

As for our Organic Almonds, these are Australian grown, have a naturally crunchy texture and more-ish sweet nutty flavour. Unroasted and unsalted, these almonds are versatile in use, perfect for creating nut butters, milks, baked goods, trail mixes, mueslis and more. The Organic Almonds are of the Nonpareil Supreme variety.  

Both Almonds have very similar growing and harvesting methods, although the Organic Almonds have been approved by Australian Certified Organic (ACO) to ensure there are no chemicals, pesticides or insecticides used.  

The reason as to why there is such a big price difference between both variants of almonds, is that the organic almonds generally operate on a smaller scale, and the production is more labour intensive. Organic grown food also tends to generate smaller yields. So, we must consider all factors of how the organic almonds are produced.  
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