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Nutty Facts

If you thought you knew everything about nuts you have to read this. Take a moment or two and read some of our findings… it can be as addictive as our products! If you have an interesting fact about any of our products make sure and send it via our email and we would love to share it with others.

Almond

  • The almond is described in the Bible as, “among the best fruits”
  • The protein in almonds contain all eight essential amino acids
  • The Almond is a seed from the fruit of the almond tree
  • An 1 1/2 ounce handful of almonds are a leading source of vitamin E & magnesium
  • The almond seed offers protein, fiber, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron
  • According to the American Heart Association almonds help lower harmful cholesterol just as effective as expensive drugs.
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    Sunflower Seed

  • Sunflowers are one of the fastest growing plants. They can grow 8 to 12 feet within six months.
  • Do you know which country grew the tallest sunflower? Answer - The Netherlands, 25’ 5.5” tall, in 1986.
  • Sunflower seeds are protein rich which can help lower your blood pressure.
  • Sunflowers require only 90 to 100 days from planting to maturity.

     

    Pistachio

  • Pistachios were first cultivated in Central Asia
  • Archeological evidence shows Pistachios being used as food in Turkey around 7,000 BC.
  • Pistachios are actually a fruit known as a drupe, the edible portion of which is the seed.
  • First introduced into the United States in 1854 by Charles Mason.
  • They were not commercially produced until the 1970’s, in the San’ Joaquin Valley, CA
  • The pistachio is rich in phytosterols which is directly associated to lowering cholesterol.
  • A one ounce serving of pistachios contains more than 10% of the daily value for dietary fiber, vitamin B-6, thiamin, phosphorous and copper.
  • You get more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios than a ½ cup of broccoli or spinach.
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    Walnut

  • English Walnuts have been recognized as the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to around 7,000 BC.
  • Considered food for the gods in the early days of Rome, walnuts were named “Juglans regia” in honor of Jupiter.
  • Today walnuts are commonly referred to as “English” walnuts, in reference to the English merchant marines whose ships once transported the product for trade.
  • The first commercial planting began in 1867 by Joseph Sexton in Goleta, CA.
  • An ever growing body of research has shown that walnuts play a significant role in reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Walnut heart benefits include lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and improving arterial function.
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    Peanut

  • 2.4 billion pounds of peanuts are consumed each year.
  • Peanuts are called “ground nuts” actually grow underground, as opposed to walnuts , almonds etc . . . which are usually referred to as “tree nuts”.
  • The peanut plant is thought to have originated in Brazil or Peru.
  • Portuguese explorers transplanted it to Africa where it made its way to America as an inexpensive, high protein staple.
  • George Washington Carver, who began his research in 1903, is thought to be the “father” of the peanut industry.
  • The peanut is not a nut but a legume, related to beans and lentils.
  • Peanuts play a role in reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • As a group legumes provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom.
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    Pecan

  • Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919.
  • Albany, Georgia which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees is the pecan capital of the U.S.
  • It would take 5,640 pecan halves to equal the weight of a standard watermelon.
  • The U.S. produces about 80% of the world’s pecan crop.
  • Pecans help lower blood cholesterol levels.
  • They also contain other healthy nutrients, Zinc which helps battle infection, Vitamin E which helps protect against cancer and
  • Vitamin A which can help keep your complexion clear.
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    Hazelnut / Filbert

  • Hazelnuts are mentioned in old Chinese agricultural manuscripts dating nearly 5,000 years ago.
  • The hazelnut was officially made the Oregon state nut in 1989.
  • Some speculated that the name “filbert” originated from “full beard,” referring to the fact that the husk (or “beard”) entirely covers the nut in some varieties.
  • In ancient times, the hazelnut was used as a medicine and tonic.
  • In 200 A.D. the Greek physician Dioscorides emphasized the properties of the hazelnut as a medium to cure colds and grow hair. Although we have our doubts about this as a true remedy it was just to interesting not to put it in here
  • The hazelnut tree is unique in that it blooms and pollinates in the middle of winter.
  • Hazelnut contributes significant amounts of protein, fiber, iron, phosphorous, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, C, and E along with many other essential minerals.
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    Cashew

  • The first western people to sight the cashew tree were the Portuguese when they invaded Brazil in the 16th century.
  • You will never find a cashew sold in its shell.
  • The inside of their shell contains a poisonous resin related to the poison ivy family.
  • Never fear the resin known as “cashew balm” is removed during the harvesting process.
  • The cashew nut grows at the end of a sweet smelling pear-shaped fruit called the cashew “apple”.
  • Just a ¼ cup of cashews supplies over 37% of your daily recommended value of monosaturated fat which helps promote a healthy cardiovascular system.
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    Brazil Nut

  • The Brazil nut tree is an enormous tree towering over 200 feet in Brazil and Bolivia.
  • The Brazil nut tree requires a specific bee to pollinate the flowers (which produces the fruit) and a small ground mammal called the agouti to break open the pods and spread the seeds.
  • Each pod contains 12 to 25 nuts with its own individual shell. When ripe the pod falls from the tree and are harvested.
  • Brazil nuts have about 2,500 times as much selenium as any other nut.
  • Selenium is a powerful antioxidant which has been proven to protect against heart disease and cancers, like prostate cancer. It also discourages the aging process and stimulates the immune system.
  • Brazil nuts are also high in minerals zinc and magnesium.
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