At the headquarters of Il Noceto, there is also the modern walnut processing center, equipped with state-of-the-art plants where all production phases are subjected to rigorous and continuous quality controls. Here the nuts are brought to be separated from the pulp that wraps and protects them
Washing only with water allows you to maintain the characteristic amber color of the walnut and not alter the taste of the kernel.
The long tradition and experience gained over the years have allowed developing a unique drying method that allows to gradually reduce humidity, without altering polyunsaturated fatty acids and giving the product an inimitable fragrance.
The arrival of the Walnuts
The Traceability Code assigned to each batch of nuts entering the processing center guarantees the traceability between the finished nuts and the plant that produced them.
The processing begins with a pre-cleaning carried out to eliminate both the nuts that do not meet the required quality and all those elements (leaves, earth, twigs, grass, stones, etc.) which, following the harvest, may have remained with the product.
The washing is then carried out using only water without the addition of whitening products and additives: the naturalness of the product is a fundamental requirement for walnut.
Removal of the walnut husk
After washing, an optical sorter locates the nuts with the husk and sends them into a machine that separates the husk from the walnut.
Once washed, the nuts undergo a short drying process that allows stabilization of the water content, the maintenance of organoleptic characteristics, and its unmistakable fragrance.
After the drying process, the final selection of the product is made based on the size and color.
Noceto is equipped with an optical sorter and an automatic calibrator that divides the walnuts by size and color, with a production capacity of over 25 quintals per hour. We can therefore say that we have 4 control phases.
A random analysis is carried out to ensure maximum safety and quality for every 250 kg of dry product.