USDA Almond Grades

USDA Grades
(Effective 3/24/97)
Whole Kernels Minimum Diameter (in in.) Dissimilar Doubles Chip & Scratch Foreign Material Particles & Dust Split & Broken Other Defects Serious Defects Undersize
US Fancy 5% 3% 5% .05% .1% 1% 2% 1%
US Extra No. 1 5% 5% 5% .05% .1% 1% 4% 1.5%
US No. 1 (Supreme)* 5% 15% 10% .05% .1% 1% 5% 1.5%
US Select Sheller Run 5% 15% 20% .1% .1% 5% 3% 2%
US Standard Sheller Run 5% 25% 35% .2% .1% 15% 3% 2%
US No. 1 Whole & Broken 30% 20/64 UOS✝ 5% 35% x .2% .1% x 5% 3% 5%
US No. 1 Pieces x 8/64 x x x .2% 1% x 5% 3% 5%
* US No. 1 is commonly referred to by industry as Supreme. However, Supreme is not a USDA grade.
✝ UOS = Unless Otherwise Specified
xNo limit established.
 Also included in “Other Defects.”
 Includes max. 2% under 20/64 inch.
 Includes max. 5% under 20/64 inch. % also included in “Chip & Scratch.”
Sizes (pounds)
Lot Size 10,000 10,000–44,000 >44,000
Grams Drawn 2,000 4,000 6,000
Grams Analyzed 1,000 2,000 3,000
1 US ton = .907 metric ton
1 metric ton = 2,204.6 pounds
1 pound = 453.6 grams
10 oz. = 283.5 grams