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Nuts are seeds of plants which are covered by a very hard shell that does not open by itself even in the maturity. In culinary terms "nut" is used more broadly and it includes also dry fruits that have appearance similar to that of "real" nuts.

Nuts are are very nutritious food. Amounts vary widely depending on the kind, but in general nuts contain protein and many essential vitamins such as A and E, minerals such as phosphorus and potassium and of course fibre. Nuts are also high in carbohydrate and oils, and are often served salted or with dressings so they should not be eaten in excess.

Nuts are sold as whole, flaked and ground. They can be served roasted, made into butter or added to soups and stews to thicken them. Nuts can be used to decorate salads, cakes and biscuits or you can eat them just as plain nuts.

You can find more information about different kinds of nuts from my links page.

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