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The Best Culinary Nuts (With Recipe Ideas)

The Best Culinary Nuts (With Recipe Ideas)

Nuts of all kinds are delicious in many different types of dishes. Not only do they add an earthy and grounding element to recipes, but they are extremely nutritious. Nuts contain vital vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy fats, so they really are the ideal cooking staple. You can incorporate culinary nuts into just about any meal. Smoothies, baking, salads, entrees, desserts, would all be greatly enhanced by adding delicious nuts, not to mention the versatility of nut butters. Here are the best culinary nuts along with some recipes to get your mouth watering.

1. Cashews
Cashews are an antioxidant and are high in Vitamin K and magnesium, which is good for digestion. Not only are they delicious on their own, but when blended with oil, spices, and water, they make a great dipping sauce.  You can pour the sauce over pasta or use it as a veggie dip. Cashews are also good in desserts and baking. Check out this video on how to make Raw Red Pepper "Cream Cheese" Endive Bites, using cashews as the base. The full recipe is also in the description of the video.

2. Macadamia Nuts 
Vitamins A and iron can be found in macadamia nuts and they are a great addition to many different desserts, including fudge, cookies, brownies, muffins, and granola. Use a Bag-A-Nut macadamia harvester to pick up your nuts and make these Copycat Subway White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies! 

3. Peanuts 
We had to include peanuts on our list because they're probably the most popular nut, and for good reason. Peanuts and peanut butter can be utilized in countless recipes. They can be enjoyed crushed and sprinkled over pad thai, paired with chocolate to create amazing desserts, and blended into sauces and smoothies.  Check out this delicious Peanut Butter Sauce Recipe you can pour over just about any entrée to make it scrumptious! 

4. Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are high in Vitamin E, manganese and copper, and are known for enhancing chocolate in many desserts. They are also used in coffee flavorings and can be used in savory dishes to add an earthy flavor to sausage or chicken. Pick up a Hazelnut Bag-A-Nut Harvester and collect your hazelnuts to make this decadent Hazelnut Chocolate Mousse! 

5. Pecans
Pecans are also high in manganese and copper. They are famous for being delicious in desserts such as pies, brownies, and cookies. You can also bake them with sugar, cinnamon, and oil for a hearty, yet sweet snack. Bag-A-Nut Pecan Harvesters are the original idea for the whole line of nut machines.  Check out all your options here and make this Pecan Encrusted White Fish Entree. 

6. Almonds
Almond butter has grown in popularity as an alternative to peanut butter.  Almonds are also delicious in desserts, but they can also be enjoyed in trail mixes, salads, and smoothies. Pick up your almonds with our Bag-A-Nut Almond Harvester and make this Amazing Kale Salad Recipe with roasted almonds as a main topping!

7. Walnuts
Walnuts are a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and antioxidants. They can be incorporated into any dessert and are known for their dense, buttery flavor.  Make this Maple Walnut Granola after picking up your walnuts with a Walnut Bag-A-Nut Harvester!

8. Chestnuts 
While most nuts are higher in healthy fat, chestnuts are higher in carbohydrates. They are great for thickening up sauces and soups. They also taste great in desserts, such as these Healthy Chestnut Chocolate Truffles.   
Pick up your chestnuts with these harvesters

9. Acorns
Did you know acorns are edible for humans?  Home Stratosphere has an extensive guide to culinary nuts. Their article explains, "In order to make an acorn edible, they need to be first treated for tannic acid, which is bitter and can be toxic to humans. This is often done in a repeated drying and boiling process. They can also be roasted.". Acorns can be used to make porridge, flatbread, soup, coffee, and more. Check out these acorn recipes and don't forget to collect your acorns with an Acorn Harvester! 

10. Hickory Nuts
Hickory nuts might not be super popular, but you can incorporate them into your list of cooking nuts to change things up! They contain manganese and B Vitamins and can be used to make hickory nut butter, syrup, and oil. Find more info here to try them for yourself. Pick up your hickory nuts with these Bag-A-Nut Hickory Pickers.
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