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Popular Christmas Nuts

Updated on December 11, 2018
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Nuts are a nutrient and convenient snack that can be eaten and enjoyed at any time of the year. However, there are some nuts that are popular around the Christmas holiday. They are eaten as they are as a snack as well in side dishes and desserts.

The most popular Christmas nuts are listed and described below.

Almonds
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Almonds

Almonds are slightly sweet and loaded with energy-boosting nutrients. Nut butter and some milk are made with almonds.

Almonds can be eaten raw or toasted and are often eaten on their own or in sweet and savory dishes. They are available in many forms and sold whole, sliced, flaked, or slivered.

Brazil Nuts
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Brazil Nuts

Brazil nuts come from South America as their name indicates. They are large and meaty once you open up the hard shell. These nuts are many people's favorite because they are a good source of selenium, vitamin E, protein, carbohydrate, and fat.

When Brazil nuts are included in mixed nuts, they tend to rise to the top of the container because of their large side.

Cashews
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Cashews

Cashews are the crescent-shaped nuts that are often put in some Asian dishes. One of the benefits of cashews is that they help get rid depression.

The cashew nut is widely eaten by the handfuls or used in salads and side dishes.

Hazelnuts
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Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts are also called filberts, and they look like acorns. Some people like to snack on them with chocolate or coffee.

The nuts are rich in protein, monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, manganese, and various other essential nutrients.

Macadamia Nuts
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Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts have a creamy texture and a rich flavor. They can be eaten are they are or baked in cookies and other desserts. This nut is popular in Hawaii.

Macadamias are a rich source of essential nutrients, including thiamin, vitamin B6, manganese, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Macadamia nuts are made of fat, carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.

Compared to other common nuts, such as almonds and cashews, macadamias are high in total fat and relatively low in protein.

Pecans
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Pecans

Pecans are rich and have a nut buttery flavor. Pecans are a rich source of fiber, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and thiamin.

These delicious nuts are also a good source of protein, iron, and B vitamins. They are used in many different kinds of candies and the traditional pecan pie.

Pecan is the state nut of Alabama, Arkansas, California, and Texas.

Health Benefits of Eating Nuts

Peanuts

Peanuts are on this list, but peanuts aren't nuts even though most people think they are. They are actually legumes because they grow underground while true nuts are grown on trees. However, peanuts referred to as nuts. They even have the word "nut" in their name even when many real nuts don't have the word in their names.

Peanuts are similar in taste and have nutritional value like tree nuts, such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Peanuts can be eaten raw, roasted, or boiled.

Peanuts
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Pistachios
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Pistachios

Pistachios are members of the cashew family. The shell of the pistachio is naturally a beige color. The green color you see inside the pistachios is chlorophyll.

Pistachios are good snacking nuts that contain potassium. In comparison to other tree nuts, pistachios are lower in its fat content and calories. However, the nuts have a higher amount of potassium and vitamin K.

Walnuts
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Walnuts

Walnuts are considered to be the king of nuts because of their large number of health benefits. They have a rich, nutty flavor and buttery texture. Walnuts can help reduce stress-related illnesses. The melatonin found in walnuts can also promote sleep.

Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin A and E, fiber, calcium, and iron. They are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and B-complex vitamins, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. A handful of walnuts can provide the daily recommended amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs.

Mix Your Christmas Nuts

You do not have to decide which nuts to have available for the holiday. You can mix them because you have several types to choose from. Mix raw nuts such as pecans, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts for a delicious and healthy treat.

Mix salted and unsalted nuts such as pecans, almonds, cashews, peanuts, and hazelnuts. You and your guests will also love a honey roasted mix that includes pecans, almonds, and cashews along with some sesame sticks.

What are your favorite nuts to snack on?

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Flora Edna, like you I love hazelnuts. In fact, I love all types of nuts. I eat them all year long and not just at Christmas time.

    • floraedna profile image

      Flora Edna 

      6 months ago

      I have always loved hazelnut. And paired it with dried cranberries they make the absolute perfect snack :)

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      6 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks, Poppy, for reading and sharing about popular nuts. I eat pistachios but have never tried pistachio ice cream, but I will try it after reading your comment about it.

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      Poppy 

      6 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love nuts. I tried pistachio ice cream for the first time a couple of years ago and fell in love. Almonds and raisins are also a great snack alternative to chips or chocolate. Thanks for sharing.

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