The History of Hamilton Ranches

In August of 1937, Jim Hamilton was born to one of the first families in the San Joaquin Valley to farm the fertile land. No one knew he would grow up to become one of the top leaders in the walnut and pecan industries.

Jim started farming his family’s 50 acres of prunes and walnuts with his father after high school and in time built his own walnut shaker and bought his first 5-ton walnut dehydrator. During the fall of 1964, Hamilton Ranches, Inc. had its first introduction into the agriculture world.

Jim, along with the help of his wife and a few loyal neighbors, ran the dehydrator and harvested the crops. To continue the growth of his ranch, Jim and a school friend began a successful harvesting business in 1968 leading Hamilton Ranches to new heights. In 1974, he built a new hulling line with a walnut dehydrator that was on the cutting edge of the industry. He also built a custom plant that ran faster, smoother, and ran more volume than any other dehydrator in the state. After designing and building a second successful hulling line, Hamilton ranches led the industry in dehydrators and continued to grow.

Over the years Hamilton Ranches has overcome adversity and has always come out on top. In 2008 Hamilton Ranches had its biggest year ever with their walnuts.

Hamilton Ranches started dehydrating pecans in 1985 and built a new pecan huller that was the first of its kind. Jim’s hullers worked so well he put a patent on them and they are efficient enough to run all of the pecans grown in California today.

Jim has always been involved in the industry and was voted onto the board of directors at Diamond Walnut in Stockton, California in 1981. He served on the board for twenty-one years and was also the Chairman for the Board of Directors of Sequoia Walnut Sheller’s in Visalia, California for seventeen years.

Behind Hamilton Ranches

At Hamilton Ranches, family is the key ingredient to the unmistakable golden California pecans. With four generations of Hamilton men and women, you are sure to get a product that has been handled with care and supported with knowledge. The combination of California’s rich soil, the Hamilton’s’ expertise and their innovative machinery make for some of the greatest pecans ever grown in the West. Just one of the many Hamilton differences.

Jim Hamilton

Born and raised right here in the Central San Joaquin Valley, Jim Hamilton is the owner and original founder of Hamilton Ranches, Inc. His grandfather was one of the founding fathers of the area and the first to grow crops. Four generations have worked together successfully to turn Hamilton Ranches into one of the most prominent and innovative plants around. On the ranch, his experience and knowledge has helped him engineer and build the many pieces of equipment that run his business, including one that is patented as his own invention. As a retired Board Member of Diamond Foods and past Board Member of the National Pecan Shellers Association, Jim works to market authentic, golden California pecans to the world. 


Our Nuts

At Hamilton Ranches, we shell, dry, and store our pecans at our locally owned and family operated facility, located in Visalia California. We only use the best methods to ensure you get the highest quality California grown pecan.

Our Taste

Our rich and buttery pecans will have your taste buds dancing! Our pecans maintain the highest quality when their moisture is slightly reduced using our own patented Hamilton Ranches Pecan Continuous Shuttle Dryer. All of our pecan meats get graded and sampled by hand to ensure their highest quality.

Our Color

Only in California will you get a pecan that resembles our California sunsets. Our pecans will be the star attraction to any dish; regardless if they are baked, chopped, roasted, or just served raw.  Our facility is equipped with high-tech color sorters that removes discolored pecan meats and only accepts that California golden colored pecan to ensure quality in every bag.

Our Size

These nuts are the prime rib of the nut industry…big and packed with some serious flavor!!! Our pecans are grown in the same rich soil that supports the nutrition and growth of the world’s largest Giant Redwoods. Hamilton Ranches pecan trees can reach mammoth sizes, which supports the production of a mammoth size nut.

Halves Per pound
Mammoth: 250 or Less
Junior Mammoth: 251-300
Jumbo: 301-350



A Nut your Body Will Love
Heart: Living a heather lifestyle with Hamilton Ranches Pecan
You cannot say no to a nut that loves your heart! Did you know that eating just a handful of pecans each day may help lower the risk of coronary heart disease and help lower cholesterol? According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition, a handful of pecans daily may be as effective at lowering your LDL levels as some prescription medicine. So, grab a handful and start living a heart healthy lifestyle!

Body: Rich with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are nutrient in food that delay aging and decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Antioxidants serve as armor for our bodies – and pecans are loaded with them. In fact, the latest research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows pecans are the most antioxidant rich tree nuts and are among the top 15 foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity.

Weight Control and Pecans

This Health Nut can increase your metabolic metabolism with just one ounce (approximately 20 halves) of pecans a day! Research found by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (September 2003), suggests that nuts like pecans may aid in weight loss and maintenance. Hamilton Ranches Pecans are packed with the good stuff your body craves like fiber and over 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and zinc.
To learn additional information on pecan nutrition visit the National Pecan Sheller’s Association website at