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nut facts picture of mixed nuts, including walnut, almond,
hazelnuts, brazil nuts all in the shell
Nut facts and general information about nuts.

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Nuts are Available:

Traditionally nuts were only available in autumn time. (Just think of the squirrels gathering nuts in autumn time and storing up for the winter) Now they are available year round.

How Do Nuts Grow:

Peanuts grow on a plant that flowers on top but the peanuts actually grow under ground.
Walnuts, pecans, chestnuts, almonds and other nuts all grow on trees just like the pictures below.

picture of walnut in green husk growing on the walnut tree

What to Look for When Buying Nuts:

You can buy nuts already packaged throughout the year. If you are buying nuts in their shells look for shells with no cracks or holes. They should have no rattling noise if shaken.

Nut Storage Tips:

Store nuts in a cool, dry place or in the freezer for longer storage.

How to Cook with Nuts:

Nuts are used as toppings. They are great in breads, toppings, cakes, casserole dishes and they are a great snack. They are available to us year round thanks to the conveniences of today but autumn time is their true peak season.

Nut Nutrition Facts:

Nuts are high in protein and fiber.

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Nut Recipes: 

Nutty Chicken Fingers

1/3 Cup cornflakes crumbs
½ Cup finely chopped pecans or other nut
1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 lb. chicken, cut in strips
2 Tablespoons milk
Combine cornflakes, pecans, and parsley together in bowl. Pour milk into flat bowl or pie plate. Dip chicken in milk and then coat in crumb mixture. Place in baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes until crispy and no longer pink in the middle.

Sugared Nuts

1 Tablespoon, slightly beaten, large egg whites
4 Cups pecans halves, whole almonds or walnut halves
1/4 Cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Beat egg white in small bowl. Toss egg whites with nuts to coat. Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the bowl. Toss to coat. Arrange nuts in cookie sheet, laying flat, and toast at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.

toasted sugar nuts

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