Eating with Nuts
15 November 2012
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I guess many might be surprised to know that peanuts are not nuts, and tree nuts can be fruits or are actually seeds. I’m also always amazed by how versatile these little things are. While there are many nuts and seeds available around, only a number are considered as ‘true nuts’. According to the botanical definition, a nut is actually a simple dry fruit with one seed.
Yet we do know. In the culinary world, most nuts considered as ‘nuts’ are in fact edible seeds of fruits or pods. Really many choices for salads, desserts, cakes, soups and other recipes out there. Praises to the inventors of pecan pies, granola bars, walnut bread, hazelnut biscotti and more!
Many people, including I, have wondered..What tastes good with different foods. And their benefits. It is important to see that nuts are actually considered staple food since primitive times. Gatherers seem to understand their marvelous qualities a long time ago.
Here are some tips. Brazil nuts contain the highest level of selenium, a cancer-fighting mineral, among all the other nuts. And the macadamia nut. You can easily fall in love with them. Soft and sweet. Filled with omega-3 for the regulation of heart health.
Research has also shown that substituting almonds with an equivalent of carbohydrates can reduce risks to the heart by 30%.
I have always thought good baked almonds carry a light woody taste. You will notice that too. They pack up a good crunch. And they go well with caramel and honey. Excellent for tea-break and dessert menus.
Hazelnuts are also a favourite in many menus. I had put into my cakes and biscuits a few times before. A few years ago, I tried playing with a shortbread cookie recipe, substituting some flour with ground hazelnuts. And it worked! As the nuts sit and roast in the oven, they bring out the flavours the cookie dough. Absolutely tantalising.
Not to forget another sweet hazelnut recipe I tried. Baked to crispiness.
Many times I think, running a small business means there’s a deep involvement. Still, it is particularly comforting to see people, children stopping by, looking around with interest. Asking and packing away handfuls of different nuts, throwing in a variety; creating a mixture that suits them. At parkway parade, a little girl always comes with a note, asking for only hazelnuts. And we adore her.
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