USDA Grade / Sizes

In the United States, peanuts are graded according to standards established and maintained by the USDA – United States Department of Agriculture.

In Severn, North Carolina, we have a USDA facility on our grounds.  The building is staffed by USDA personnel which grades all our peanuts.

Hampton Farms On-site Grading

Inshell Virginia

Contrary to the now standard state naming trend, a “Virginia” peanut does NOT mean it was grown in the state of Virginia.  Learn more about Peanut Types

In-Shell – We first grade the peanuts for size, with the largest being separated from the smaller peanuts.  They are then screened for acceptable color, with those that meet that high standard now destined to become the ultimate – Hampton Farms In Shell Peanuts.  There are then 3 sizes of In-Shell Virginia’s.

Shelled  (out of the shell) – Those peanuts which are not large enough to become in-shells are then sent to the “sheller” which removes the kernels from the shell.  The kernels are then sorted into different sizes.

Runner Type - All runners are shelled, meaning we knock the off them all.  We then size them into the following grades:  Learn more about Peanut Types

Valencia Type - We handle all of our Valencia peanuts in our Portales NM shelling facility.  We fist size them to make the largest into an in-shell Valencia grade.  Smaller peanuts are then sized as Valencia kernels and used for naturally sweet peanut butter.  Learn more about Peanut Types

 

Spanish Type – All Spanish peanuts are shelled, meaning we knock the off them all.  We then size them into the following grades:  Learn more about Peanut Types