Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds — raw, toasted, puréed or ground into flour — add flavor, nutrition and texture to baking recipes.

NUTS are the large seeds of fruits, with hard external husks that are taken off and then are called shelled nuts. (The exception is the peanut which is a root legume). Nuts contain concentrated amounts of fats, mostly monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, as well.

SEEDS are an excellent nutritional source. Consider that their purpose is to provide the nutrition to support and create the birth of a new plant. Americans use seeds, such a pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, and safflower in a variety of ways. They make great cooking oils, can be eaten raw, and are used in salads, entrees, and seasonings. As with vegetable and nuts oils, the only method that oils should be processed in are cold or expeller-processed.

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