Edible Nuts and Seeds Information and Recipes

A nut is a composite of a fruit and a seed, where the hard-shelled fruit does not open to release the seed (indehiscent). So, while a wide variety of dried seeds may be called nuts in a culinary context, only ones that include the indehiscent fruit are considered true nuts in a biology context. The translation of "nut" in certain languages frequently requires paraphrases as the concept is ambiguous. Most seeds come from fruits which are free of the fruit, unlike nuts such as hazelnuts, hickories, chestnuts and acorns, which have a stony fruit wall and originate from a compound ovary. Culinary usage of the term is less restrictive, and some nuts as defined in food preparation, like pistachios and Brazil nuts, are not nuts in a biological sense. Everyday common usage of the term often refers to any hard-walled, edible kernel as a nut.


Ab-Doogh-Khiar – Persian Summer Soup

This Persian Summer Soup is filled with herbs, nuts and raisins and is delicious with grilled bread. Perfect on a hot summer day!

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Almond Butter Cookies

These cookies are so easy and only take a few ingredients!

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Almond Buttercrunch Toffee

This toffee is sensational to eat on its own or use as a decadent topping for cakes, desserts or ice cream. An indulgent treat combining a beautiful balance of dark chocolate, roasted almonds and the soft crunch of buttercrunch toffee.

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Almond Cakes – Macau style

Almond cake is a type of Chinese pastry. In Macau, the snack has been one of the most popular specialty products. The biscuit is one of the most standard pastries in Canton, and can also be found in some Chinatown bakery shops overseas.

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Almond Iced Coffee

The arrival of summer necessitates iced coffee. Add homemade Almond Iced Coffee to the list of essentials in your fridge with this easy to make and refreshing cool drink.

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Aloo Posto – Bengali Potatoes with Poppy Seeds

Potatoes sauteed in a thick coating of poppy seeds is a signature dish from Bengali cuisine.

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Apam Balik – Malaysian Peanut Pancakes

Apam balik is a type of pancake from Malaysia. Apam Balik is usually sold at specialist roadside stalls throughout Malaysia. This version is for the original recipe which is quite a thick batter. Make your own adjustments to the recipe ingredients, including the fillings as you go.

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Apricot and Coconut Crumble

Crumbles are a classic winter dessert often served with whipped cream or ice cream. A delicious change to the classic apple crumble, this combination of fresh apricots and coconut makes for a quick and easy crumble to please everybody on a cold winters evening. You can use tinned apricots if the fresh ones are out of season.

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Baby Carrots with Walnuts

Add some crunch and a touch of sweet and sour to your baby carrots in this quick and easy side dish.

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Baked Carrots with Walnuts and Pomegranate Glaze

This wonderful carrot side dish is tasty and easy to make. Try it with grilled chicken at your next BBQ.

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Banana Pecan Muffins

Make a dozen of these moist muffins Sunday morning to stave off early morning hunger pangs. Or, better still, set out the ingredients the night before with the recipe and let the first person up bake a batch for everyone.

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Bibikkan – Sri Lankan Coconut Cake

The queen of Christmas coconut treats is undoubtedly bibikkan, a rich, dark moist cake made of shredded coconut, jaggery and semolina that drives the sweet tooth wild. Bibikkan takes pride of place alongside other loved seasonal preparations such as Dutch Breudher and Poffertjes.

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Blueberry Crème Fraîche Tart with Poppy Seed Crust

This impressive blueberry tart features a sweet crust with the addition of poppy seeds. Try it with fillings of your own, such as lemon cream or pastry cream.

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Brutti Boni – Italian Almond Cookies

These cookies have a wonderfully crisp exterior with an interior that is soft and chewy. This is yet another traditional cookie recipe that can be found in many versions across Italy, and although these cookies are delicious, they are not suitable for making too far in advance, or for freezing.

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Bumbu Pecel – Balinese Peanut Sauce

A Balinese sauce based on chillies, peanuts, tamarind and coconut sugar. Liquid is added to the paste to make a sauce consistency when ready to use. It is commonly served over boiled vegetables, similar to the sauce used in Gado-gado.

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