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Nuts & Seeds


Exploring Pistachios: History and Eight Great Recipes

Pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees. Learn their history and how to use them in eight imaginative cooking and baking recipes.


Can You Have Sunflower Seeds if You Have Braces?

Can you have sunflower seeds if you have braces? It's not a good idea. The last thing you want to do is damage your braces.


Why Are Cashews So Expensive?

You might wonder why cashews cost more than other popular nuts, like almonds. Here's why.


Exploring Walnuts: Facts, Nutrition, Trivia, and 6 Recipes

Walnuts are one of the oldest cultivated fruit trees on earth. Here is their history, a bit of trivia, and six creative vegetarian recipes.


Exploring Pecans: History and 10 Sweet and Savory Recipes

Pecans are native to North America. Learn their history and how to use them in sweet and savory cooking and baking.


Exploring Almonds: History and 8 Imaginative Recipes

Almonds first grew in Asia, then moved to Europe with travelers on the Silk Road. Learn their history and how to use them in eight imaginative cooking and baking recipes.


Exploring Cashews: Fun Facts and 15 Fabulous Recipes

Cashews—Learn the history of these tropical nuts and how to use them in sweet and savory cooking and baking.


Exploring Brazil Nuts: Facts, Nutrition, Recipes, and Trivia

Brazil nuts are unique in taste and texture, nutritious, and a bit mysterious. A tough nut to crack. Let's explore their origins and unique recipes.


Exploring Macadamias: History in a Nutshell Plus Fun Recipes

The macadamia tree is beautiful and fragrant; the nut is sweet and rich. Learn the story of the macadamia nut and how to use it in sweet and savory dishes.


Spiced Walnut Puffs: Ugly but Tasty

This is a different kind of spiced nut. It is encased in fluffy egg whites, and it's delicious!


Delicious, Nutritious Make-Ahead Chia Seed Breakfast Recipes

Healthy, yummy breakfast recipes that are vegan and gluten-free: breakfast sausages, simple chia pudding, breakfast cookies, chia-oat waffles, chia breakfast bowl, and blueberry chia muffins.


What's the Difference Between Flax and Chia? Comparing the Super Seeds

Seeds have emerged as a popular health food in recent years—with Chia seeds and flax seeds being favorites. But, which of these two are better for you? Read on to know more about this.


Exploring Hazelnuts: Nutella and So Much More

The cocoa-hazelnut confection known as Nutella is world-famous today, but it came from very humble beginnings. Learn the history, and how to use it and hazelnuts in your cooking and baking.


Quick and Easy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds are a fall favorite, and as well as being delicious, they are easy to make. A few ingredients and your favorite squash seeds are all you need for this autumn treat.


Exploring Peanut Butter: Tales, Trivia, and Tasty Recipes

Peanut butter: the soul of PBJ sandwiches, and so much more. Let me tell you how it began, and how to use it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.


My Home-Cooked Roasted, Peeled Peanuts

I love the street food in the Philippines, and I love promoting them. Here's a snack that most Filipinos love: roasted peanuts.


How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds (Plus Health Benefits)

The pumpkins are ready to harvest again, but before you throw those seeds away, why not roast them? Pumpkin seeds are nutritious and high in protein, minerals, and phytochemicals. Plus, they are so easy to roast.


Healthier Candied Pecans or Walnuts Recipe

A healthier recipe for candied walnuts or pecans, toasted with unrefined coconut sugar and coconut oil. Delicious flavor, crunch, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids for salads or snacks.


How to Crack and Shell Walnuts: 8 Ways to Open Raw Nuts

Some nuts are easy to shell but walnuts can be awkward. The edible part of the nut often shatters along with the shell. Here are some cracking ideas to solve the problem.


Pickled Green Walnuts Recipe

A recipe for an unusual but very tasty dish: pickled green walnuts.


Almond Butter vs. Sunflower Seed Butter: Which Is Better?

Almond butter and sunflower seed butter (also called sun butter) are both considered healthy substitutes for peanut butter. But they are not quite the same nutritionally. Let's take a look at how they compare.


Almond Tree Growing Facts and Holiday Recipes

This article provides a few stellar almond recipes that are perfect for the holidays, as well as information about how to grow almond trees.


Five Ways to Use Flavorful Caraway Seeds for a Healthy Diet

Caraway seeds have a flavorful and interesting taste. They're a great addition to oatmeal, bread, sauerkraut, potato salad, cheese spreads, and other foods.


How to Make Your Own Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Don't throw away those pumpkin seeds! Bake them up into a delicious snack.


Buckwheat Facts and a Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Buckwheat fruits and seeds are great gluten-free grain substitutes. I describe their benefits and include a cookie recipe made from buckwheat and sorghum flour.


How to Make Tasty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

All you need are pumpkin seeds, salt, and a great technique! Roasted pumpkin seeds made simple.


Green Walnut Preserves Recipe (With Pictures)

You might be able to find preserved fresh walnuts in some Armenian, Greek, or Middle Eastern markets, but it's also not terribly hard to make them at home. Here are step-by-step instructions.


How to Harvest, Store, and Cook Black Walnuts (With Recipes)

Learn everything you need to know about black walnuts—from harvesting to storing to cooking yummy treats.


Prickly Pear Cactus Seed Flour

Did you know that you can make flour from the seeds of the prickly pear cactus? Not only does flour from prickly pear cactus seed have excellent qualities for baking and general cooking, but the flour is gluten-free, and contains many micronutrients, making it desirable.


4 Ways to Toast Almonds, Cashews, Pecans, Nuts, Seeds, and Coconut

Here are four methods for toasting different nuts (cashews, almonds, walnuts, peanuts etc.). Toasting nuts before adding them to baked goods or other recipes makes a surprising difference in taste.