Yes almonds are a big deal; I've been eating a few ounces every day for several years (I buy bulk at WFM and reuse an Emerald container).
A quick Google search will confirm that yes, the world (CA) IS planting more almond trees. "California almond growers added 15,000 acres last year, bringing total acreage to an estimated 810,000 acres — a 2 percent increase from 2008’s 795,000 acres." This was a few years ago, but you get the idea.
"After approximately three years of growth an almond tree begins to produce almonds. At age 6 or 7 an almond tree is considered fully mature in its production capability in commercial orchards."
The BIG question I have is will DMND be in the nut business in say three years from now?
It seems that this segment, when using legit accounting, is not such a great business to be in (margins).