China has emerged as the top market for Californian almonds.
China and Hong Kong imported 236 million pounds of California almonds in 2011-12, according to the Almond Board of California.
This represents a 100 percent increase over the past three years and leaves a large gap between China and second-place Spain, which imported 157 million pounds over the same period.
In addition to these two markets, the top 10 included India (119 million pounds), Germany (117 million), United Arab Emirates (94 million), Japan (62 million), Turkey (59 million), Canada (48 million), Italy (45 million) and South Korea (45 million).
Overall, in addition to domestic sales, which cover the entire nation, Californian almonds are marketed in over 90 countries.