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Are You a Little Nutty? It’s National Nut Day

National Nut Day is here, and we have yet another reason to be “nutty.”

PeanutsSeeds, like pecans & walnuts, fruit like lychee nuts or legumes like peanuts, they all contain fats & protein. Chestnuts & cashews do not fall into this category.

Nuts contain very little starch. Their oils carry flavor and nutrition, and nut texture is so appealing, we enjoy the contrast when added to recipes. Most nuts are eaten ripe with few exceptions.

Most recipes are okay without the addition of nuts, but fabulous with them.

Since nuts are high in oils, they should be stored in their shells, if possible, or over the long period, in the freezer to avoid a rancid taste.Nuts that are dry, shriveled or moldy should be discarded.

Usually, 1 lb of nuts in the shell = about 8 oz shelled nuts.

Some nuts, like almond & hazelnuts have a skin that tends to be bitter. So, they should have a boiling water rinse to remove that skin.

Nuts can be salted or toasted to increase flavor intensity.

Enjoy nuts often, not just on National Nut Day!

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