Gillet was developed at the production research facility at the University of California, Davis and released to commercial use in 2004. It was named for Felix Gillet, a French pioneer who established the first commercial tree nursery in the Western United States in the 1860s.



The Gillet variety harvests about 6-8 days before Chandler. It produces a very large nut, typically with sizing that exceeds 32mm girth and can often average 34mm. Kernel color is light, although the color tends to darken quickly once the shell is cracked and the kernel begins to oxidize.


Yield: Typically 49% – 52%
Flavor: Gillet is one of the best-tasting walnut varieties available. It has a natural walnut flavor with a hint of sweetness, especially compared to the relatively bland flavor of the Chandler.