General informationThe hazelnut originates from the Asiatic region (Mesopotamia) and is no more than 5/6 metres tall with a maximum diameter of 4 metres. Then tree has a bush-like appearance with a thin and slender stem and brown/grey bark.
Health BenefitsHazelnuts are the nuts that contain the most Vitamin E. They are an excellent source of phytosterols, substances believed to be important in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. This was confirmed in a recent study that demonstrated that regular consumption of hazelnuts can reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They contain vitamin B1, B2 and pro vitamin A.
Almonds inshell (Tuono +20mm) Tuono is a European variety, with the +20mm indicating the size calibration. Almonds are harvested around August/September time with first in-shell goods generally available circa end September.
The almond is grown in the Mediterranean area and the United States. In Italy it is more common in the southern regions. The three species are: bitter; sweet with a hard shell, and sweet with a soft shell. The tree is relatively small with a height of around 6 to 8 metres with the trunk and branches have brown or grey bark. The flower and stem buds are pointed at first, then become more rounded and are set onto many branches in small bunches. The trees are deciduous and have tapered leaves with a serrated edge and long veins. Flowering is always uncertain, and how well the tree flowers, depends on a number of factors including the variety of the tree and the weather. The fruit is oval with a green, hairy, fleshy external covering. The shell is woody and it is the seed (the almond) which is the edible part. In acid soil the cultivated almond tree forms an elaborate root architecture which reaches notable depth and expansion.
Almonds are an excellent source of good “fats”; a recent study has shown that their regular consumption reduces levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. They contain magnesium and vitamin E and, at 12%, they have the highest fibre content of all nuts. Like all foods that contain fat, their consumption must be carefully controlled. They are rich in unsaturated fats, vitamin A, B, and E, proteins, glycosides, minerals, starch, potassium, iron, phosphorus and calcium. The sweet almond is the one most frequently used in recipes. They are widely used in desserts such as the famous sugar-coated almonds; nougat; a large variety of almond paste desserts; and in drinks such as amaretto and orzata. Energy-giving, laxative and cleansing properties are attributed to almonds: some of the oldest remedies are almond milk prescribed for revitalizing the intestine and the bladder, and for cough relief. In certain natural medicines almonds are considered to be an antidepressant. Combined with acid fruits like orange juice, they make a cocktail for boosting the immune system.
Walnut In shell Jumbo Hartley – Hartley is an American variety with jumbo dictating the size. American grown walnuts are harvested around October/November annually with first shipments leaving the country November/December.
General InfoWalnut trees belong to the Juglans regia L. family. These trees can live up to 100 years old and 30 metres tall. They have a huge, straight trunk with ash-coloured bark. Walnut trees prefer to grown on hilly ground and do not like a dry climate. Walnut trees are grown throughout the world. The main growing countries are: United States of America (California), Italy (Campania) Chile and France.
Walnuts contain good cholesterol, useful in fighting free radicals. The fatty acids that compose them are efficient in reducing cholesterol levels. Walnuts are considered an important antioxidant thanks to their vitamin E content. They help to prevent aging, some types of cancer and cardiovascular disorders. They supply a considerable amount of vitamin B1 and B6 that help muscles and the brain work better and also minerals such as copper, zinc, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus
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