Ten Exotic And Less Known Nuts

cedar nuts

There are more than 900 kinds of nuts, we know of. They are packed with good nutrition, and the Roman culture considered them to be the food of the Gods. Most of them we totally like to eat for they are above all extremely nutritious and they have got the flavor of the fall season. They are part of the many culinary traditions on different holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, there are some culinary nuts with wonderful properties we have hardly heard of.

Cedar Nuts

The cedar of Siberia may be justly called Russia’s national tree, for it mainly grows on its territory. It is the pride and glory of Russia’s forests. The main virtue of the Siberian cedar is in its nuts. They were exported from Russia since the time of Ivan Grozni (the Terrible). Because of their delicate, penetrating, slightly balsamic oil, they are much better than almonds. From their kernels is extracted an oil, high in quality and taste, very nutritional and rich in minerals and vitamins – it often excels even olive oil.

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Nuts In Antiquity

There is no doubt – nuts have been serving men for thousands of years. They are not only very convenient for transfer, but they also allow to be stored during the long harsh winter spell. Nuts and candies, spiced cakes and sweetmeats, were some of the delicacies St. Nicholas fetched to children at Christmas time. According to Medieval physicians nuts were ruled by Jupiter and called jovial, and they were classified as warm and dry, and doctors recommended them fresh as a laxative.


These regal nuts were mentioned in the history of the olden times as a precious ingredient in the bread of Egyptian Pharaohs. One of the first mentions of almonds in ancient times was made in the Bible – some biblical characters from the time of Joseph traded with almonds. The wand of Aaron makes the almond trees bear fruit magically; by this wonder proving that he is the Lord’s chosen.

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Ten Uses of Nuts and Their Shells You Did Not Expect

Traditionally nuts are used in food and cosmetics industry.

But what else can one make from nuts except for Christmas cookies?

Mortadella and Pistachios

Yes, you can employ nuts in the production of meat, namely a huge, Italian, pork sausage, originally discovered in Bologna, full of spicy pepper, myrtle berries, and pistachios. It comes from an ancient Roman tradition. It was called “farcimen mirtatum” (myrtle sausage) because it was flavored with myrtle berries: a spice popular at times when the pepper was not that readily available to cooks of ancient Rome. Nowadays they make mortadella in several countries as well as the Middle East. A Palestinian brand features mortadella, which is actually finely ground meat with olives, pistachios or pepper.

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Ten Popular Perfumes With Nutty Flavors

Perfume is like a signature. Unique and irresistible, it’s the fragrant autograph you leave into the memories of people. For His Highness – the Perfume, the great fashion dictator Coco Chanel firmly states: “It is an invisible, however, unsurpassable fashion accessory. It announces the appearance of the woman, and continues to remind of her when she’s gone.” Are you after the ultimate yummy scent? Here is a selection of ten stunning perfumes with nutty flavors: it will be a crime of fashion if you haven’t tried them.

Eau Parfumee Au The Rouge Bvlgari

You will get addicted to this fragrance from the Bvlgari tea line: clean and supple, gentle and sensual it smells like tea blended with spices, and it is also unisex. It contains notes of pink pepper, bergamot, and orange, combined with fig and read tea, with the harmonizing notes of musk and walnut. It’s a perfect perfume for your Zen mood – for the times when you do yoga, or relax before you go to sleep, or on rainy days.

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Nut Festivals Around The World

At Drosselmeyer we are really into nuts. We do research and we read everything that is available. One of the most interesting activities related to nuts are the various nuts festivals and events around the world. In the following article we will get you acquainted with some of them.

National Nut Day (USA )

On the 22nd of October, each year, it is time to celebrate all the positive goodness about nuts. We are not certain if this holiday was intended to honor all the nutty, crazy people in the planet or the nuts we eat. It might be a time to contemplate all the kooky and daffy persons – the loony birds in our lives – and show them that we care. However, most people consider that this holiday is not about the crazy minds of the world, but about the nutritious and delicious snack: the healthy nuts.They are high in protein, fat, minerals and vitamins and they do not contain cholesterol at all.

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Ten Beers With a Nutty Taste

Beer. Who does not love it? Nuts. Who does not love them? Beer and nuts. Who does not love this combination? What about beer that has a nutty flavor? We are crazy about nuts and we go to extreme lengths to find out everything that is nuts related on this planet.

1.Noa Pecan Mud Cake – Double Beer  – ABV: 11%

Dark brown, almost black this beer has an aroma of chocolate cake with pecans. The taste is fruity and sour with an aftertaste of wood – smoked ash roast malts. This beer is perfect – sweet enough, with subtle bitter nuances. There is strong alcohol and nice nuttiness, which with the light chocolate contributes to a delicious sharp aroma. The beer is an interesting blend – the taste is balanced, it’s a wholly different beer and it’s beautiful.

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15 Unbelievable Uses Of Nutshells

Nutshell uses

Ever wondered what to do with your left-over shells after you had your delicious snack of walnuts, hazelnuts or pistachios? You don’t have to just throw it away. There are many ways to utilize those little, hard husks. Using the shells of the nuts in your life has one major advantage – it is extremely environmentally friendly. Let’s be honest here. A lot of the materials like plastic we use in our day to day lives are not very eco-conscious. Well, the good news is that by using nut shells as a substitute you can stray from reaching for many of the plastic-made items. Working with shells can also be very fun, creative and interactive. The outside armor of our favorite nuts can be transformed into all kinds of useful items for your house, pet, garden to your beauty regime and even the environment herself.

1.Compost made of nutshells

If you want to spruce up your garden, an ideal way to create your own compost is adding some nut shells to it. Good compost is supposed to be made of green and brown ingredients that can break down to carbon and nitrogen. Just store your nut shells in a bag until you have at least 1/2 gallon. You must grind them down as it makes the decomposing faster. Mix the nutshells with dried leaves and other green ingredients. Add some soil and water and enjoy your homemade compost.

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Cashew

Cashew is one of those super versatile ingredients that have a creamy texture and sweet taste and can be used in preparing spicy curries or yummy desserts. Cashews are very handy when you are in a need of a quick snack to boost your energy levels on the go. They are rich in dietary minerals, zinc, selenium, antioxidants, and vitamins that are much needed for the proper functioning of your body.

The meaning of “Cashew” can be traced all the way back to the Tupian word acajú which is translated as “nut that produces itself”. Portuguese later borrowed it, transforming it into caju.  It is considered that this delicious nut originated in Brazil and later was made known in India and Africa by Portuguese traders. Now some of the major cashew producers include Vietnam, Nigeria, India, Cote d’Ivoire and Benin.

The cashew tree is an evergreen tree and the fruit that it provides is known as an accessory fruit or a false fruit. The pear-like structure called hypocarpium is yellow, edible one and has a very sweet taste. It is also called cashew apple or marañón in Central America. The true fruit that the tree grows is actually attached to the bottom of the cashew apple and represents a kidney-shaped drupe. Inside the drupe, there is a seed or a nut. The shell around it contains anacardic acid that is a chemical responsible for allergic reactions

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10 Health Benefits Of Pistachio

The pistachio has been known in the Mediterranean for thousands of years and has been recently discovered by the western world. Since times immemorial, these tasty nuts have been cherished as a symbol of robust health and wellness. We have to consume this incredibly delicious nut well aware of the fact that it’s a nut with healing properties.

1. Pistachio is beneficial for the heart’s health – since it reduces LDL cholesterol and is abound with antioxidants.

A new study by researchers from the State University of Pennsylvania examined pistachio’s nutritional benefits. It turned out pistachio can help almost reach the ideal levels of LDL in the organism, while a low-fat diet cannot do the same. During the experiment, pistachios did not affect the levels of the HDL cholesterol. It so turns out that they are also a surprisingly affluent source of a class of antioxidants named flavonoids. That classifies them as some of the world’s healthiest snacks. Flavonoids play a variety of necessary functions in the health of plants, animals, and humans.

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10 Main Course Dishes With Nuts As Dominant Ingredient

Around the world, nuts are renowned as healthy ingredients of super delicious meals. Here are some beloved dishes for which nuts are primordial:

1. Shrimp Biryani with Cashews

Traditionally every element of this tasty Indian meal is prepared separately, then ordered in a dish and baked in the oven. The cashews add to it their characteristic smooth buttery flavor and a tasty crunch. It is prepared with the basmati-rice – an Indian variation of aromatic rice. The Indian word “basmati” means exactly “fragrant.” Garam masala is a mixture of spices, which is the foundation of many Indian recipes. It mainly contains cumin, ginger, peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and coriander seeds. The cashews are sauteed until they are golden and seasoned generously with salt.

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