Sunland, Inc. was formed in 1988 by a group of dedicated peanut farmers in Eastern New Mexico. Its mission has not changed since inception: to grow and market the naturally sweet and dense Valencia peanut unique to the area.
Our Customers helped us expand from our facilities in Portales, New Mexico, to establishments around the country and the world. We take great pride in every step of the process that brings Valencia peanuts to you! We also value and protect our farmers: the Organic and conventional peanut growers, who insure the quality and integrity of the Valencia peanut now and in the future.
What Makes Valencia Peanuts Unique
We call them nuts, but like all peanuts, Valencias are legumes,
more closely related to peas and beans with one important difference:
they grow beneath the ground.
Valencias are smaller, sweeter and have more intense flavor than
other varieties of peanuts. They have three to five kernels in each
shell and are grown almost exclusively in eastern New Mexico. In
fact 90% of the Valencia peanuts produced in the US are grown within
120 miles of our plant. Portales claims the honor of being the "Valencia
Peanut Basin of the Nation."
Farmers plant Valencia peanuts in May in the sandy soil of eastern
New Mexico and west Texas. From a single peanut comes a beautiful
plant which blooms in late August. Each blossom drops a "peg" which
implants itself into the ground to grow a tasty Valencia peanut...more
than 20 per plant.
Valencia peanuts love the sandy soil of the Portales valley and
the surrounding high plains. After the peanuts are dug in the fall,
they dry naturally in the sunny autumn days which are unique to the
area. It's a climate that is vital for the Valencia- a time for the
peanuts to be "kissed by the sun" before they're gathered
After a few days of drying time under clear New Mexico skies, they're
gathered and brought to Sunland, Inc., for the first cleaning and
more time drying in the trailers.
Peanuts are sorted for a variety of uses at the plant. They may
end up shelled, roasted, salted or crushed for oil.
The peanuts destined for New Mexico's only peanut butter plant are
shelled and roasted, and most of the red skins removed. Then the
peanuts go through several crushing and mixing areas. Not a single
additive is put into the old-fashioned peanut butter we make at Sunland.
It's pure Valencia peanuts and nothing else!