Scientists speculate nuts may have been around tens of millions of years ago when the continents were still fused- a landmass known as Pangea. We know this because nuts are native to both the Old World and New.
Cultivated for 12,000 years, nuts are one of nature’s richest foods. Over 300 types of nuts exist, but those most commonly enjoyed include almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, as well as pine nuts and macadamia nuts.
See individual nuts for nutrition information.
Selecting and Storing Nuts
Store nuts in closed containers in the refrigerator or freezer to avoid rancidity. It is best to buy fresh raw nuts with shells, as they will store longer than shelled, cooked varieties.