There is no denying it, Christmas is well and truly on its way! With the snow already coming down and temperatures often settling at below freezing, we will soon be seeing the Christmas decorations up and the pantry begins to fill with our favourite festive treats. Don’t forget that staple snacking choice this year – nuts are well and truly ready to be collected. From chestnuts to walnuts, brazil nuts to hazelnuts, your table will be full of those little round goodies and Worlds Best Fruit is the greengrocer to buy from.
Chestnuts and walnuts roasting on an open fire with Worlds Best Fruit
These are a great winter snack, packed full of nutrients including iron, magnesium and copper. Chestnuts have been used as a traditional remedy for coughs and colds since ancient times. They contain high levels of antioxidants such as quercetin, which may help reduce inflammation. Quercetin can also help prevent cancer cell growth. It’s also a good source of folate, which is needed for making DNA and red blood cells.
These little guys may look innocent enough but believe us, they are anything but! Walnuts have a strong flavour that works particularly well in salads or as a garnish for soup. Roasted or chopped, walnuts have an incredibly distinctive taste and go well with healthy dishes or sweet treats. Stock up on your walnuts with Worlds Best Fruit today.
Brazil nuts and hazelnuts to keep your guests snacking between meals
Brazil nuts are a type of tree nut that grows in South America, and they’re one of the most popular nuts on the planet. They have an earthy flavour with a slight hint of sweetness, but they also have some health benefits. The nuts contain selenium which is good for your thyroid gland and can help prevent cancer. The most underrated nut in any mixed jar is the Brazil nut, a bigger, tougher nut that somehow manages to be almost creamy when you eat them. A handful of good salty Brazil nuts are a great snack particularly after a sweet dessert or two.
Hazelnuts are delicious, especially when you roast them. The problem is that they are also really oily, so you can’t just pop them into your mouth. You need to either soak them or dry them out before you can eat them. A little more expensive than other nuts and sometimes difficult to come by, Hazelnuts are worth keeping on the lookout for. Great as a snack or to use as part of a praline dessert, these nuts are incredibly versatile.
The surprising health benefits of nuts
Nuts are an excellent source of unsaturated fats which help to lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. They also contain vitamin E, folate, manganese, copper and zinc. Nuts are one of the best sources of plant protein. Nuts are full of nutrients and contain a lot of antioxidants. They make up a big part of the Mediterranean diet and could help you lose any extra weight (perfect for after the filling Christmas holidays!)
Nuts have strong anti-inflammatory properties, meaning they could be beneficial to those with chronic and long term illnesses that leave parts of the body inflamed and damaged.
If you’re planning on taking your Christmas nuts to the next level this year, why not consider spicing things up a little? Sweet spicy Christmas nuts are a favourite worldwide and are incredibly easy to make if you are looking for something a little different. The best part is, you can use any nut you like from walnuts to macadamia. Using just a little egg white and mixing vigorously with water, coat the nuts and your favourite spice blends for 20 minutes in the oven to really give your nuts an amazing new taste!
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Worlds Best Fruit stock all your favourite Christmas nuts this year
Nuts are full of so much flavour and texture. It’s no wonder that festive nuts are the staple of most kitchens in the UK throughout the year and particularly at Christmas. At Worlds Best Fruits, we have a huge range of nuts to choose from so whether you want to come and visit us at our local Wendover store or shop online, we are sure to meet your nutty needs.
For more information or to start shopping with us, simply visit our online store or take a trip down to Dobbies in Wendover where you will find us in the warm enclosed building to the far right – we look forward to seeing you soon!