The History of the Nutcrackers

“The Nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale…”

―  Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

There are things that no matter what time of the year it is, always remind us of Christmas.  They make us want to go back to those cold December days when we gather around the Christmas tree and indulge in all kinds of amazing food. So when I think of these holy times I think of sparkling decorations, twinkling lights and roasting walnuts in the fireplace.  And speaking of nuts, something that for sure is needed in order to enjoy their nutty goodness and is an indispensable part of the decoration on any Christmas table is THE NUTCRACKER.

This little, but a most useful tool, has for sure been a part of everyone’s childhood memories, no matter if it came with the classic, old-school design of a bearded soldier who cracks nuts with his mouth or a more modern version. We have all no doubt felt the excitement that comes with taking your time to break through a just roasted nut and then enjoy the sweet taste, munching away on its delicious content.

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Buying Guide to Nutcrackers

When we think about nutcrackers, there are two images that come to our minds. The first one is the traditional German nutcracker soldiers and alike and then the one that is usually in our kitchen’s drawer along with other utensils. Of course, some of the first types are not really functional as the Mary Beth Albright from National Geographic shares with us in her article “Why fancy nutcrackers do not actually crack nuts”.

There is a third totally new kind of nutcrackers, which offer completely different approach. This is the patented nutcracker by Drosselmeyer.

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Walnuts

Once reserved only for royalties and people from the higher class, it is not a surprise that the walnut – amazingly delicious and packed full of goodies seed, is one of the best known and loved nuts in the world today.

It is not certain where the walnut originated from. Archeologists assume it might have come from Ancient Persia, though signs of people using walnuts have been spotted as far as the Himalayas and into Turkey, Italy, and Switzerland. The botanical name of the walnut tree is Juglans Regia and it comes from the ancient Romans, meaning “The royal acorn of Jupiter” – very fancy, wouldn’t you say?! In Afghanistan, it is called Charmarghz (four brains) since walnuts resemble a human brain.

The most common types of walnuts around the world are the English walnut (that comes from ancient Persia, but was made known around the world by English merchants, hens the name) and the black walnut – indigenous to North America.

Nutritional value

In a 100g of serving there is 654 kcal. Walnuts contain a rich variety of healthy goods like antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They are also an amazing source of monounsaturated fatty acid, phosphorus, Vitamin B, and manganese. The walnut oil is particularly interesting because it is largely composed of polyunsaturated fatty acid that can be beneficial in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Around the world

Walnuts are extremely versatile with their culinary uses as they can be eaten raw, roasted, with salty or sweet dishes and even pickled. For example, in Iran, they use walnuts to prepare a dish called Khoresh-e Fesenjān – a stew made with pomegranate syrup and grounded walnuts. In Turkey, walnuts are added to a lot of sweet desserts, including Halva and Baklava. They are also an irreplaceable ingredient in the famous Mediterranean diet. In France, they like to cover roasted walnut in cocoa butter and cocoa for a delicious and delicate sweet snack. In Syria, a dish called Muhammara is prepared with Aleppo peppers, grounded walnuts, olive oil, and breadcrumbs. It is an amazingly tasty spread for all the spicy food lovers. Walnuts are a must-have on Bulgarian tables during New Year. It is an old tradition to break a walnut in order to see what the upcoming year would look like.

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10 Interesting Facts About Hazelnuts In Legends And Myths

With its tasty nuts and inclination to grow near water, the hazel tree has been a traditional symbol of fertility and wisdom. Hazelnuts are sometimes hung in rooms to bring fertility to the dwellers.

In Scotland, nuts were hung around the necks of children as amulets against the Evil Eye. During the Samhain Rituals nuts were burned into the hearth and by their patterns, wise people interpreted clues about the future. The magical wands and staffs of the druid wizards were also made by the hazelnut tree.

The Irish mythological poems the Dindshenchas describe five great trees of ancient Ireland, including an oak, which bore nuts and apples as well as acorns, just like the trees, which Celts believed grew in the Otherworld.

In the branches of the nut trees lived the fairy folk Ferri Shyne  – in green and red attires, with little cups and coats, they enjoyed disorienting people, who walked upon the hills at evening time, so that they eventually lost their direction.

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Tea Ceremonies and Traditions around the World

“A cup of tea would restore my normality.”

[Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Screenplay]” 
― Douglas Adams

Tea is one of those simple, everyday pleasures that can make your day better with just a tiny sip and a fast sniff of the steamy cup in the mornings. This versatile beverage has the ability to warm you up on a cold day or give you a boost of freshness in a hot one when it’s topped with some ice and sugar. It is a proven health remedy and is often used to supply natural antioxidants and vitamins or like a substitute for coffee in some cases (like the mate in Argentina).

Tea ceremonies are a major part of the Asian culture and it is translated as a “way of tea” in Japanese or “art of tea” in Chinese. There is a special term – teaism, which means exercising a tea ceremony with harmony, clear mind and enlightenment. Even though not every culture around the world invests so much thought and tradition into drinking tea, it is undeniable that this simple act has a very social and cultural element to it for many nations.


When we speak of tea, we inevitably think of the Brits and their long-lasting tradition of an afternoon spent drinking this tasty, herbal infusion. Ever since the 18-th century, England had been one of the world’s biggest tea consumers.

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Hazelnuts


Hazelnuts, also known as filberts have been steadily gaining popularity thanks to their use in goodies like the famous and beloved by old and young, cocoa spread called Nutella. And it is not a surprise as these little, crunchy kernels are delicious no matter if you eat them raw, roasted or grounded to a paste. However, hazelnuts are not just yummy – they are good for your health too. Full of antioxidants, fiber, and proteins, hazelnuts are the ideal food for someone on a vegetarian regimen. These nuts act like a natural antioxidant and they are full of iron and vitamins.

Evidence of nut processing on the island of Colonsay in Scotland have been traced back to the Mesolithic and have been dated to be 9, 000 years old. This is a significant discovery as it gives us a look at the way of life at that period. It is known that Romans also cultivated hazelnuts. In China, the filbert was considered as one of the “five sacred nourishments God bestowed on human beings”, according to a manuscript from the 2838 BC. During the 1800’s there was a boom in the cultivated varieties of hazelnuts and in 1830 – the “Kentish Cobnut” (the first widespread cultivar) was presented.

Nutritional value

In 100 grams serving of hazelnut, there are 628 kcal. These little nuts are super high in protein, fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, Vitamin E and thiamin – a vitamin often used as a dietary supplement. In addition, hazelnut consists of a substantial supply of B vitamins, vitamin K, zinc, calcium, and potassium. They are also a great source of total fats that include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, actually – 100g of nuts provide 93% of the needed daily value.

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The Healthiest Teas In The World

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Bring me a cup of tea and the ‘Times.’
– Queen Victoria on her accession to the British throne

It is well-known that the herbal treatment is as ancient as the world. Many contemporary herbs have been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Children believe that every time a herb is planted, a flower fairy is born. Teas are also very appropriate for the prevention of various illnesses. Man strives to eat healthily and tea gives him the chance to drink healthy as well, for tea is truly therapeutic.
“Come, let us have some tea and talk about happy things…”


Also renowned as the Miraculous Tea of the Incas and part of the American Indian folklore, lapacho is derived from an evergreen tree blossoming in pink, called Red Lapacho which grows in South America. Lapacho is also named “the ant tree” because the only insects that have been observed on a Red Lapacho are the ants. Its inner bark’s taste slightly reminds that of vanilla and the tea made from it is an irreplaceable cure.
Lapacho is used against inflammation and instead of an antibiotic and it is also employed in the treatment of a significant number of illnesses from ordinary colds to chronic sinusitis. It is also extremely toxic to a variety of cancer cells. Lapacho contains a large number of healthy and precious chemical elements – among them calcium, potassium, iron and boron, iodine and manganese.

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How Nuts Are Used in Cosmetics


Women have been using nut ingredients in their beauty routine forever. It is enough to say that some essential oils are derived from nuts. We are well aware of the healing and embellishing qualities of essential oils. Nuts provide us with the opportunity to nourish and care for our bodies and naturally accomplish our beauty potential.

Nuts In Antiquity

It was recently discovered by researchers in Israel, that nuts have been a significant part of the man’s diet for thousands of years. (1) Since centuries people have been aware of their special faculties. Some sources claim that the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra used to put almond oil together with fresh honey in her donkey milk bath – for a soft and glowing skin. (4)

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Candles and Candle Holders in Meditation, Spirituality and Home Decor

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The candlestick is a beloved, illustrious, convenient kind of portable illumination, but it can be also home décor, or part of a beautiful tradition. It is brought into existence by the inspired humanity, which was tired by lurking in the shadows.

Once upon a time, people tamed fire and eventually had to come out with something to keep their candles in their place. Simply imagine how the ancient Aryans had to light candles to appease the God of Storms and tie them to the Sacred Oak Tree, for the lack of better equipment.


The candlestick was invented in Ancient Egypt, among other things like clocks, wigs, makeup, toothpaste, and high heels – generally, all kinds of creative and beneficial stuff. The need for it arose since ancient philosophers and writers needed light, when they worked after sunset, or late at night – and those were ambitious, industrious people. In the dawn of human civilization, the candlesticks served mainly for illumination. Nowadays, they have vital ritual and decorative significance – we use them to adorn our homes at Christmas, in the bright, blessed day of our wedding, or when we say goodbye forever to a loved one – in sickness and in health because in all traditions fire is held sacred.

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51 Curious Facts About The Nuts

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According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “nut” comes from the Latin nux, which is akin to nucleus. No one believes it’s challenging to define “nuts.”  Still, even if they are widely popular as nuts, the peanut is defined as a legume, the coconuts as a drupe, and the Brazil nut as a seed. (1)
But we want to deal with them as well, for they generate similar benefits for the human well-being and can be consumed on a daily basis, as a part of healthy diet, and ingredients in organic cosmetics. So they do not meet the scientific definition, but they are still considered “nuts” in the culinary sense. A study of the Harvard School of Public Health discovered that women, who consumed nuts regularly, had 32% lower chance of enduring a heart attack compared to women who avoid nuts.

So, here are some Nuts And Amazing Facts About Them:

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