- Food and Cooking
No Nuts Allowed
I hope the title of this hub doesn't turn some people away.
It is fine if you read this Billy. Just because I said No Nuts Allowed, it doesn't mean you cannot still read this.
Ok Eric, if you want to read it, you can too. I will allow a couple nuts. (Froggy cannot type and roll on the floor laughing at the same time. The Frog has to quit joking.)
No, this hub is about some things you all call nuts, but they really are not nuts.
Don't worry, I am not talking about the political world either. It isn't about Congress, Hillary, or Obama.
Scroll down and find what the Frog is actually talking about.
Did You Know
Peanuts are not an actual nut, but are a legume. It is much like a pea, hence the pea at the start of the name.
Peanuts grow under the ground like potatoes. They are high in protein.
Many people have peanut allergies. If you cook with peanut oil or use peanuts in recipes, please be sure the loved ones eating it are not allergic.
The top 3 producers of peanuts are:
- United States
Peanut Brittle Ingredients
- 3 Tablespoons Peanuts, Crushed
- 2 Cups Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Water
- 2 Tablespoons Honey
- 1/2 Stick Butter
- 1/2 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
Peanut Brittle Cook Time
Peanut Brittle Instructions
- Grease a large cookie sheet and line with foil. Fold the foil over the edges.
- Place the peanuts in a pan and place on medium heat. Stir constantly until the peanuts are a light brown.
- Put the water and the sugar in a pan and heat stirring until sugar dissolves. After sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up and boil without stirring. Mixture should turn golden brown. Add the honey and butter after turning the heat back down slightly. Stir until all has dissolved. Now slowly stir in the peanuts and bicarbonate soda.
- Pour mixture into the cookie sheet and let it set and harden. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. It will still be just slightly soft. Gently use a knife and make slight cuts throughout the material. Let it sit another five minutes and use something hard to pound it (a hammer?). It will break into hardened pieces of peanut brittle. Viola. Don't eat too much before dinner.
Pistachios look like a nut; act like a nut, but are not really a nut.
Kind of like some hubbers we know huh?
Pistachios grow in desert like conditions. High humidity zones will not be good for growing the pistachio bush.
In all actuality, a pistachio is a fruit. It is a drupe. Other drupes include olives, mangoes, and even coffee.
Pistachios are considered quite a healthy eatable. They have many antibacterial properties.
The 3 largest producers of pistachios are:
- United States
A Great Salad
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce
8 Ounces of Broccoli
1 Avocado sliced into chunks
1/3 cup of roasted pistachios
A handful of crumbled feta cheese
Boil a large pan of water. Drop broccoli in the boiling water and simmer for about 1 minute. Remove from heat and drain.
Slice the Romaine lettuce in strips.
In a large bowl put broccoli, lettuce, and pistachios. Toss well and put in refrigerator.
When serving time is near, put feta on top and if you like add vinaigrette.
This is a refreshing salad.
Walnuts are a fruit, not a nut.
They are high in protein and are considered a natural cure for cancer.
My land in Missouri has two black walnut trees. This is a great fruit and has many uses in cooking.
The top 3 producers of walnuts are:
- United States
What I Did With My Black Walnuts
This is not a difficult recipe.
I ran to my favorite grocery store and bought a box of brownie mix.
I followed the directions on the box, but added one thing.
Reaching in the fridge, I retrieved a sandwich bag of crushed black walnuts from the tree in the backyard. I added it to the mix.
I hope those people in Colorado don't ruin this recipe by adding their legal marijuana to it.
An almond is also a drupe.
It is a fruit and is related to peaches. This is why they have a sweet taste.
Almonds are very good for you. They have enough nutritional value that a person could probably live for years off just almonds and water.
The top 3 producers of almonds are:
- United States
Make Some Almond Milk
Here is another fruit and not a nut.
The coconut is also a drupe.
Personally, I love coconut; but getting into the darn things can be a nightmare sometimes. I have watched these Puerto Rican natives make it look easy.
The following video will show the secret; hopefully you get it better than I did. Pay close attention to the end... The guy from Trinidad makes it look so simple.
Don't chop off your hand.
Just because something says it is a nut doesn't mean it is so.
There are many other so called nuts that are not really nuts.
On the other side, there are those that don't have nut in the name and they are.
There is no nut in my name, but many claim I am.
Have a wonderful day nuts and non-nuts alike.
A special thanks to the love of my life...Lastheart for giving me this idea.
© Greg Boudonck
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