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Nuts are very nutritious, providing protein and many essential vitamins, such as A and E, minerals, such as phosphorous and potassium, and fibre.
Nuts are also high in carbohydrate and monounsaturated oils, so should be as part of your daily
diet whereas pulses all belong to the legume group of plants, nuts come from a variety of different plant groups, so the nutritional content is more varied too.
A brief description of individual varieties is given.
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Nuts should be stored in cool, dry conditions in airtight containers away from the light.
Because of their high levels monounsaturated oils, RAW Nuts
benefit from storage in the fridge
or freezer to greatly increase their shelf life.
As a general rule nuts should not be kept for longer than a year.
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The best thing about pine nuts is their high concentration of monounsaturated fat, which paves the way for a healthier cardiovascular system. The vitamin D in pine nuts leads to stronger bones and teeth, by improving the body's ability to absorb calcium, and vitamins A and C may sharpen vision and boost the immune system.
Although pine nuts may be eaten out of hand, raw or roasted, they have the distinction of being the only nuts used predominantly as ingredients for cooking. For many centuries in European cookery, they have been blended with meats, fish and poultry, and have been used in many different sauces.
Today the Chinese pine nut is often found in Australian stores because of its availability and price. The Chinese and Italian pine nuts are already taken out of the shell and can be eaten raw as bought, roasted, or used in cooking.
A deliciously fresh pine nut, also known as pinion, ideally used in baking, cakes, cookies, salads and pesto sauce.
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These are the seeds of the Stone Pine, a native of the Mediterranean region, but the seeds of various other pines are eaten in various parts
of the world including the seeds of the Korean Pine or North American pinon tree. They are very difficult to harvest, hence their cost. They are vital for pesto sauce, and are delicious lightly toasted and tossed into a salad. They should be stored in the fridge or freezer.