Did you know California is the only place in North America where almonds are grown
commercially and California Almonds are shipped to more than 90 markets
worldwide (source: Almond Board)? I didn't and I've lived in California most of my life! Pretty amazing, isn't it?
The Pitigliano family has been farming in central California for four generations, and are raising the fifth. They grow almonds, muscat grapes, pistachios, corn for grain, and black eyed peas. Dominic's great-grandfather started farming potatoes, cotton, grain, and avocados many years ago in a small town called Strathmore. Dominic now works with his parents and two brothers in the family business.
His wife, Amie, has quite the family history in farming as well! She is the fifth generation in a farming family and her family is known for being some of the "pioneers" of farming in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
So, needless to say, farming will be in baby Giada's blood. :)
Dominic and his family are involved in some exciting things with almonds, involving hulling and exporting to China!