pecans are the superior nut in any case.
top 3 nuts
pecans are the superior nut in any case.
top 3 nuts
Oh, the cashew erasure.
Thai lemongrass spice or salt and pepper cashews from TJs are like crack to me.
Cashews are my top favorite nut.
I like pecans so much so IDK why I eat the others but I do.
Of the temperate tree nuts, they're superior.
Without qualifier what I’m your opinion is the best nut?
It’s a very good nut.
Cashews are good, but not great. I know because I will eat peanuts or pistachios until their gone, cashews, I love a little bag, but that’s plenty.
Cashews are great on pizza.
Sprinkle a handful of raw unsalted ones on a take n bake cheese pizza.
In one million years I would never have thought of this but now I really want to try it
There was a pizzeria in my town that had it.
I remember a pizza place that put cashews on one of their combinations. Long gone now, but what a fantastic pizza that was.
One of the best non-dairy milk nuts.
Cashews are clearly the king of nuts and anyone who says different is delusional
as a long time cashew fan, i would have agreed, but after recently having a couple of massive costco bags of posh nuts, i'm now in team macadamia
Cashews are the best. Chili those up and they are godlike
Cashews are a holiday staple
Make me some pecan milk and I'll buy it!
This is how natives extracted them from their shells. The shells gave it a hickory-smoked type flavor.
that makes sense, they're close relatives, both genus Carya
pecans whip ass, love them wrinkly bois
what about deez, though?
congratulations on being the first in what is likely to be a series of incredibly tedious and unfunny replies
Not the original commenter you answered … but proud to say I made a peanut “joke”, saw the discussion had gone on my longer than I realized, with the same joke being made several times, so I promptly went back and deleted my comment. I’ve never been sad about deleting lame jokes on social media.
Peanuts are their own category, but wouldn’t top any of those in any event.
Walnuts are just worse pecans.
I can accept that, as long as you recognize they still stand head and shoulders above the other nuts.
It would be among my last choices for a snacking nut, but a workmanlike and inexpensive ingredient nut.
i agree with this. a walnut makes an able replacement for a pine nut in a pesto, for example.
A bit off topic but I had baklava in Málaga made w peanuts instead of walnuts and it was heaven.
I only recently learned that peanut pie exists as an alternative to pecan pie, and it makes me curse my lattitude.
Darn it, but how's your longitude?
Medium, I guess?
Prefer walnuts to pine nuts in pesto, especially if you can get english walnuts the texture works better
I like walnuts as a snack. Circumstantial evidence points to walnuts being a good laxative too.
Much more affordable as well
Brazils would be my last choice. They taste oily to me
Brazil nuts are like a failed science experiment to recrete cashews. Bitter, chalky abominations that exist in as an affront to a loving god.
We disagree on walnuts though. They're sufficiently pecan-like or pecans are walnut-like? Walnuts are more bitter though
I'm not necessarily saying they're MUCH worse. But, if they were both the same price, I can't think of any application where walnuts would be the better option.
Come back to me when you can get pickled pecans. Until then…
Pickled in what? I don't think I've ever had pickled nuts of any kind. Mind is boggling right now
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I will keep an eye out
I wonder if people have tried to make walnut pie? Might be something to explore
My understanding is that Brazil nuts mostly suffer from a short shelf life. Quite good fresh, but they shouldn't really be a shelf nut. (I do not have personal experience to confirm this).
I've not fresh brazils. Fresh walnuts (white walnuts I think they're called, before they're dried) are v delicious. Same for almonds
You're ignoring the sheer psychic satisfaction of breaking them open with a nut cracker
It depends what they are with.
So I shall be making savoy cabbage leaves stuffed with pearled spelt with walnuts, herbs, chilli, lemon zest.
(+ Rich tomato sauce)
It really loves walnuts.
I also like them toasted a bit with clementines.
And great in some crumble toppings.
Do as the Persians do: soaked in saltwater. You’ll thank me for a delicious new snack option.
Walnuts are not only delicious, they’re packed with ALA, a plant based Omega3 fatty acid. Yum
I would say that if you can get your hands on fresh walnuts (Persian shops are usually a good bet), they might change your mind. They’re a whole different animal and remind me of maple walnut ice cream. They lack that bitter tannin flavour.
But this sounds like when people find out I prefer dogs to cats and tell me that I would like THEIR cat, and then go on to tell me about their cat, describing traits that are shared by *every* dog.
Ok that’s totally fair.
But do try them if you ever get a chance!
I'm not sure there's a Persian market near me, but the Bosnian place down the street has some Persian foods. I'll check next time I'm there.
Absolutely. I’m not familiar with their cuisine but if they share the Persian love of dried fruits and nuts you should be in luck!
Someone once said they hate walnuts because they taste like wood, which I was unable to disagree with because I enjoy that taste, even if it is very much wood?
A nutritious wood.
Messed up to put a legume at the top of a nut list
It's messed up that they're considered legumes when they are clearly better than anything else in that category
Not for a bear claw, but for most other applications I agree.
HEB sells fresh ground honey roasted peanut butter and it is wild
pistachios are wildly underappreciated
the shell is a real pain
but worth suffering through
It’s the blue crab of the nut family
Also, macadamias lightly roasted - 2nd best to pistachios
The shell is a very important speed brake keeping me from eating all the available pistachios at one sitting.
They're available shelled. It's...dangerous
I still eat them all. It just takes me half a movie instead of just through the credits.
i got the alliteration-scheme-friendly pine nut in my #3, but otherwise right there with you
It’s a seed!
It can be assumed from all the peanut and cashew talk that we're not being botany pedants.
I’d make it
is this guy pulling my legume
Pecans are basically miracles. We have 3 pecan trees on our very small property, and the last time we had a good crop (3 years ago), we got something like 50 pounds of pecans raining from skies. We're still working our way though them; it turns out they come with the shells on, which slows us down.
Pecans are the authentically American nut that grew wild throughout much of the U.S. (and still do), and so is the natural choice for Thanksgiving.
Hazelnuts are as well. The American varieties have not been bred for size like the European/commercial variety, but Corylus Americana and Corylus Cornuta would have been up their with American Chestnuts for availability to early colonists.
Do you know a good book about hazelnuts? The James McWilliams book about pecans is excellent.
I don’t I’m afraid. My experience is almost entirely my 3 year old bushes from the local native plant org. I got a largish handful of nuts this year.
I adore almond-flavored anything esp in baked goods but as raw nuts they're mid
I'm fine with everyone forgetting the best nut, hazelnuts, because that leaves more for me. And what would the world be without Nutella?
What WOULD it be? Not worth living in, is what!
Regardless of which ones you use, PLEASE make sure your guests don't have nut allergies. It's so not fun to show up at a meal and find out you can't eat half of it.
Stfu this isn’t related to anything at all
Yep. My fave memory of NC was the giant pecan tree in our yard. Unfortunately lots of overseas demand driving the price higher. Couldn't find the article, but there’s a huge regional variation in pronunciation. Pretty fascinating.
I’m a northerner living in the south. Everyone here says “puh caahn” but I learned it as “pee can”.
In TX and neighboring areas, most say pih kahn. I’ll switch pih and puh kahn. Every once in a while I hear pee kahn.
I hope not too many people are nitpicking you about the whole legume thing.
I will say that the picture and your #2 & #3 all share the property that any of them will kill me, where as the peanut will not.
My theory on the rise of the almond is that people assume they are the healthiest nut because they taste the worst.
That's crazy talk.
I've got nothing against your choices, but walnuts are a better choice with chocolate in ice cream, brownies and some cookies. It's nut nuance, Jamelle.
Remember, it's pronounced " pee' cans' ". At least, that's the proper way to pronounce the word where I came from.
We always thought that other pronunciation was a little pretentious, perhaps what may be considered a little too precious and most likely imported from somewhere up north of Macon.
We also had plenty of peanuts around, best served boiled in lots of salt water.
👍 the best while still warm 😉
Love seeing peanuts on to here. Not necessarily my fave but they're a proper workhorse.
Also, macadamia are unbeatable for texture. Just incredible.
Putting peanuts first is the most Virginian thing you’ve posted
So brave and so wrong
Who doesn't love a good boiled peanut
Ooh, ooh--- I know! Me.
I, from Georgia, was thinking "It's not a nut, it's a legume" but if a Virginian says peanuts are a nut they're a nut.
Sometimes the most popular choice is the correct one.
and he's right to do so
Pecans are superior to almonds in every way.
Walnuts, Brazil nuts, pistachios. You can pick another because peanuts are actually legumes.
I got to go Pecans one as a Texan and lover of the pie
A good pecan is a beautiful thing, I also have a soft spot for (fresh) hazelnuts aka filberts.
It's forcing me to say something but I think the clip speaks for itself
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Oh thank you - that’s so good
Peanuts also have the advantage of being nitrogen fixing and using so very much less water than tree nuts, plus their root structure is great for the soil.
My heart belongs to pistachios and almonds but I do love peanuts as well.
My top 3 nuts:
3. Elon Musk
Finally someone mentions macadamias!
the Almond lobby is so strong for such a mediocre nut
my grandparents had a pecan orchard, my grandma’s pecan pie recipe is out of this world
i always was sure our walnuts and hazelnuts were superior until i actually ate a pecan. willingly concede Pecan Superiority.
you're right and you should say it, this is the true and correct nut ranking
What puts pecans over walnuts for you? Walnuts never really shake that astringent taste for me, regardless of preparation, but idk if that's related to cross-reactivity or actual flavor.
I might swap 2 and 3 on the strength of pecan pie, although pistachio ice cream is making some very good points
i made a pistachio cake last night that is killer so they are on my mind right now
OOH I forgot about pistachio cake! My go-to local coffeeshop sometimes has a pistachio cardamom cake and it is * chef's kiss *
Have a white chocolate pistachio cheesecake in my repertoire. It is very good. But too much work.
Oooh that sounds delicious. Laborious, but delicious
omg put some raspberry sauce on that, and one bite, straight to heaven.
Almonds are a deeply overrated nut
Pistachio ice cream is the one setting where I don't like pistachios. Give me a 2-lb sack and I'll happily sit there indefinitely, shelling and munching, but I just can't do them in ice cream
I hate nuts.
Pecan pie is awesome.
Van leeuwen pistachio ice cream gotta be a top 5 widely available pint
Local restaurant chain here usually has pistachio mousse on their salad bar and I'd eat it as my entire meal if that were socially acceptable.
I see that the "peanuts are a legume" and "actually, that's a seed" people have logged on.
Wait until cashews are brought into the discussion.
How is there only one other person in this thread willing to speak up for hazelnuts?
What oh no. Brazil nuts are the Best Nut, everything else is a distant second.
i have a complicated relationship with brazil nuts mostly because my dad thought/thinks it is hilarious to use their problematic nickname
My issues with the Brazil nut are less fraught.
1) they are impossible to shell, that is a *lot* of work to get to the nutmeat
2) they are the fattiest of all nuts, you can basically make a candle out of a Brazil nut by propping it up on a tripod of toothpicks and lighting it on fire
#2 is probably why I like them.
2) is the big problem, because they're so fatty they go rancid quicker and drag the whole can of mixed nuts down with them.
Nobody buys Brazil nuts on their own, yet their proportions ruin mixed bites of mixed nuts. I'd 100% argue you can't claim the top spot if you can't stand on your own!
This is the kinda religious argument that ruins all my family thanksgivings
I don't think I've ever seen them for sale on their own, but I would buy them that way if I could. I probably eat nuts too quickly to have ever experienced them going rancid though.
I buy them in their own fairly often , both for snacking and making sauces with. I love them.
I definitely buy Brazil nuts on their own, because there are never enough in the mixed nut bag and always too many walnuts.
I honestly can't say whether I've never encountered big bags of Brazil Nuts, or whether my mind has just blocked them out lest I flee the entire nut aisle at the sight.
Please post a PO Box so folks can mail you their spares.
Ah, the other issue with brazil nuts (which I love, don't mistake me) is that they are so high in selenium that you can get toxic levels if you eat too many. 1/2
"So enjoying a few Brazil nuts each day is safe – just avoid eating excessive amounts all at once! Did you know? The daily selenium target (RDI) can be achieved with just two Brazil nuts. And around seven Brazil nuts provides the upper limit for selenium (400µg/day). 2/2
Shelling macadamia nuts is far worse; similarly obdurate shell, but also SPHERICAL. Sandwiched between oil change sheets and running a car back and forth over them does not result in 100% cracked shells. By comparison, brazil nuts can be cracked with a hammer kr a strong nut cracker.
I should NOT have googled that. Fuck.
Oh no! Me either!
You know how you learn something every day? Sometimes I wish I didn't.
should i not? my brain isnt exactly innocent but is this something i can just go forever without knowing?
Yeah, you can def go forever without knowing the problematic nickname. (I still get queasy learning my grandparents used it themselves.)
Don’t look it up. I wish I didn’t LOL
You’ll be happier knowing them as nothing more than Brazil Nuts, or maybe their scientific name Bertholletia excelsa
you can go on without knowing this one
my eyebrows flew clean off my head.
I didn't think ANYONE was still using that one in this year of our Lord 2023
i mean my dad is a sixty something black man from the florida panhandle so he’s allowed his sense of humor in this regard
The panhandle very specifically feels like one of the last remaining vestiges of Greil Marcus's Old, Weird America
My fam out West call the FL panhandle "Baja Georgia".
Relatable. We refer to it as LA (Lower Alabama) & there is definitely a time warp WTF-year-is-it effect that is visible in many places
“Baja Georgia” was the perfect antidote to the term that inspired this thread. I’m howling.
A while back I saw one of those culturally partitioned maps of America, and the "Gulf Coast" region rather pointedly excluded the panhandle, even the parts right on the gulf. some really fine grained knowledge at work there lol
This is an eminently reasonable point. But I suspect you’re only making it now to cover over your risible proposition that peanuts are a top 3 nut, much less #1.
Not big on Thai food? Peanut butter? Peanut versatility really keeps it bread and shoulders over the competition, and I say this as a cashew fellow.
I had Vietnamese Bun Cha today for lunch today. Crushed peanuts sprinkled on top. Delightful. And I’d say the same if it had no nuts. Peanuts are the Steely Dan of nuts.
The number of todays in my reply may indicate I had too much wine at dinner, so I’m willing to withdraw my objection until such time as I’m able to better argue the obviously correct position.
I need to assume you mean the band, rather than the implement the band was named for.
"...And I’d say the same if it had no nuts. Peanuts are the Steely Dan of nuts."
I need to assume you mean the band, rather than the implement the band was named for.
Oh, no - I have lived to a pretty ripe age without knowing what "Steely Dan" meant. Now I've lost my innocence.
A constant hazard of life on the internet, that.
Here's a Bluebird of Grumpiness in compensation; it won't return lost innocence, but it can help you adjust knowledge ypu weren't ready for.
A constant hazard of life on the internet, that.
Here's a Bluebird of Grumpiness in compensation; it won't return lost innocence, but it can help you appropriately adjust to knowledge you weren't ready for.
I googled this. I don't know what I expected
I...did not know about that nickname...
I second this complicated relationship and raise you a tree ear ("Jew ears") that my wife often uses in cooking
I can guess it but not gonna google. Don't ruin a great nut for me! :)
Me, pulling them up on Wikipedia: 😳😳😳
welp, once again I have burdened myself with knowledge
Same for everyone in my goddam family - I didn't know what their actual name was until I was in college, so I never ate them or developed a taste for them
Ugh. I learned of that nickname when I drove a van for a Nut and Candy company and was present at a holiday party where it was the answer to a question for a party trivia game one of the managers devised. The giggling of middle-aged white women seared into my twenty-two-year old brain.
Just reflecting on my grandfather's obnoxious use of it this morning. He was very much a product of his time; working class, lots of black friends at the steel plant, many of whom he'd invite over for dinner. Just the insanely offensive vocabulary (including for himself and fellow Italians).
Same. I grew up hearing that name and I can’t see one without hearing it. I just avoid them.
That persisted in my family up until the mid-90s or so (the grandparents mostly), but what the fuck?
Yeah, my SoAL, NWFL extended family are/were pretty racist.
Jesus fuck, I only now learned about that nickname.
Having grown up in the north where nuts were generally unavailable and exotic and never having brazil nuts until I was grown and now just having googled their nickname … what the fuck indeed?
Oh, I grew up in the north (born in Detroit) and believe me, if your family is racist, they used that name for them. Mine did, anyway.
I didn't mean to say northerners were above using that word - it was all over the place in my small montana town -- I meant that we rarely had nuts other than walnuts almonds and peanuts and maybe pecans for holidays
Oy. Memories of my great aunt when I was in grade school. She wasn’t all there (thought stuffed animals were real) and she thought the stir she could cause by using that nickname was *hilarious*.
I literally guffawed.
I only learned about that when one of my grandmas started getting dementia.
University of Austin has a great course on this although tbh it was a little thin for a full semester.
I didn’t know what these were actually called for many years. Thanks racist Step-dad!
Ugh. Clearly my experience with this as a little white girl is very different from your experience, but I remember being so unsure how to figure out what they were actually called, because my dad only referred to them by this name.
The first(and only) time I heard that was from MIL and I was like “WTF, you can’t say that”
I had no idea. So, off to Wikipedia and these are weird. The nut you see is one of a dozen snuggling in a hard coconut-type thing that, when it falls, can "pose serious threat to vehicles and potential for traumatic brain injury of people under the tree" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil_...
I never knew this nickname until you said it and I Googled it and WTF.
Dads are gonna dad, and all we can do about it is suck it up and pretend we can't hear them.
The number of people who are going to google this and need eye bleach is massive 😬
Had no idea. I much prefer the repeated line from the farce that those nuts always prompt in my head. “This is Charley’s aunt from Brazil, where the nuts come from.”
Wow, I wish you were my neighbor. I could drop off all the Brazil nuts from my mixed nuts bags on your doorstep. Win-win.
I will eat all the Brazil nuts you don't want
Except when you bite into a rancid one
I couldn’t imagine anyone liking brazil nuts but now i’m wondering if i’ve only had rancid ones.
brazil nuts are the second worst nut
walnuts are the worst nut
salted roasted pecans are the NUTS OF THE GODS
Brazil nuts come in behind cashews, the Nut Royalty.
I mean, I place them well ahead of cashews. I know the Discourse has decided that almonds are a pedestrian choice but my ranking is
2. Almond (smoked or soy-wasabi if you got 'em, otherwise plain roasted is fine)
I love pistachios, cashews, peanuts, Macadamia, Brazil. Walnuts, pecans in baked goods, not snacking. Almonds are good seasoned (I just killed a can of “elote” ones), but I’m not thrilled with them unseasoned.
I love tossing a Brazil bit to a mid -Atlantic grey squirrel and observing their expression of delighted confusion.
I'm surprised - I had no idea people liked them! I can't stand them, but everyone's different, I guess. When I had dogs in the house, they got all the Brazil nuts that ever entered the house.
Almonds are the worst. I will choose pecans, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, pepitas, hazelnuts, pine nuts, virtually anything first. Flaked and toasted for texture in a salad is the only format I can be bothered with. I won’t even talk about how almond paste is the syphilis of the pastry world
I like salted roasted almonds, but I'll reach for hazelnuts or pecans first.
I'm more on peanuts. Peanuts are the best keto nut
Pecans are best dessert nut, followed by hazel for being the nutella nut.
peanuts are a good all-rounder. i have aged out of the pride that is shelling pistachios with one hand or even only my mouth. but pecans. i must disagree. pies and ice cream topping only! the lack of love for cashews pains me
Almonds are next to Joy for me.
Limitiing allergy discourse aside, what about the "Well actually, peanuts are a legume, not a nut" people?
Almonds are next to Joy for me.
This is accurate
That's fair, I am not a huge fan of peanuts by themselves but peanut butter is such a staple. I like walnuts, do they come in 4th?
One day I want to try a butter nut. Shame they're so vulnerable.
Shameful lack of cashews and almonds on this list, 3/10
And yes, I did read the op loo
And yes, I did read the OP lol
These would be in my top 5, alongside cashews and macadamia nuts.
Unfortunately the vast majority of the world’s cashews are produced with labour that is harmful to the workers who have to shell them by hand.
I assume that in a just world, I would have occasion to eat very few plants endemic to the tropics.
Yeah, our food choices would be far more local. That wouldn’t be a bad thing, but of course trying to sell that to a society so used to everything on demand makes achieving a just world far harder.
It's an interesting exercise to try to figure out which things you like and take for granted would and wouldn't be tenable in an economy that worked to benefit everyone.
In my speculative anarchist/socialist utopia, I imagine more video games than you'd think, but certainly less chocolate.
I suppose that all depends on whether we can offset the damage done by the mining of minerals for computer parts. If I’m gonna have to give up my PC for a life of cards and scrabble and can’t even console myself with a tub of chocolate ice cream istg I’m coming for the head of capitalism myself
Once you take the planned obsolescence and competing standards out of the tech industry, I'd be very surprised if it wasn't viable for everyone to have all the device functionality you have now.
extremely correct ranking. I prefer my almonds in a paste.
One day I want to try a butternut, shame they're so vulnerable.
You’re nuts to think this.
Pecans at Thanksgiving?! No thank you, give me my almond pie.
I tend to think of the peanut as a useful nut, more than a top three nut. Like, I would never want to live without peanut butter, but I could live without eating plain peanuts.
All this is to say, is this list for just snacking nuts? Or are we taking it to consideration the full nut life?
Mmmm… peanut butter
Actually, none of these are nuts, you know. Peanuts are legumes. Pistachios are simply seeds with an enclosure, and pecans are drupes. On the other hand, acorns, chestnuts, and hazelnuts are actually nuts. I think the most popular "nuts" are all drupes (pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews).
Coconuts and brazil nuts are pretty high in my personal ranking.
Pistachios should be number one.
Love 'em. Removing the shells counts as exercise, right?
this is a staple of our thanksgiving -- works beautifully with pecans and it's so so easy. www.seriouseats.com/kanuchi-cher...
almonds are low-key goated when extract is the vibe
Absolute twaddle and nonsense. The hazelnut is clearly the king of nuts. Go sit quietly and think about your failings.
But not when they call themselves filberts.
Yes, what is that about?
They learned the absolutely WRONG lesson from chickpeas' disastrous re-brand as garbanzo beans.
"That's the first four letters of garbage in there!" - Carlin ￼
I'm going with donuts
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I hereby pardon Mr Bouie for his perjurious take
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Oh god there is this one place out of Oregon that sells the most heavenly roasted shelled hazelnuts ... and now I need to check if the wine/gourmet store here that carried them, and that changed hands, is going to have them for my baking. Gah!
Lots of people talking about cashews. The human cost of their production is awful www.slowfood.com/cashew-nuts-...
I’m not changing my nut consumption for climate change.
Have to chime in on the nut discourse. If you can find Turkish pistachios, they are incredible.
My top 3, pecans, Brazil nuts & hazelnuts
peanuts have the allergy problem working against them, but strong agree on pecans over almonds. there's a good reason no one's made an almond pie.
pecans are also the only appropriate nut to use as a buttertart topping
Peanuts are filler.
Peanuts are fine for pea but aren’t even in the same category
Almonds are an environmental disaster for both water and bees and is only mid when it comes to flavor
The lack of macadamias in this list is concerning
This is correct. I had no idea there were two of us.
::serious look:: 3
Nuts in the broad (culinary) sense, ranked, abridged:
3. Cashews (tied)
4. Sunflower seeds
5. Macadamia nuts
4729183. Brazil nuts
Nut butters ranked: Peanut butter, almond butter, sunflower butter, cashew butter.
Pistachios roasted with salt and pepper are addictive.
Pistachios should be snapped out of existence by Thanos.
pecans are the best, but they are a fruit.
Bring back pistachios with the red shells! Getting finger stains was half the fun.
Peanuts in #1 as in just peanuts on their own??
4 - 99. Other nuts
Last Brazil nuts
Man…I do love nuts but not a fan of cashews. Peanuts are fine and maybe would be appreciated more if they weren’t so common. I think I like pecans the most, then almonds, then…not really sure. Black walnuts are pretty terrible.
1. Marcona Almonds
1. and 2. are great at baseball games
anyone who'd love to buy this year's pecan crop direct from the orchard, I'd love to suggest www.limestonecreekpecans.com . I've been a happy customer since discovering him a few years ago on that other place we all used to hang out at. Fresher and tastier than grocery store pecans.
Just ordered some.
Almonds are only good for ruining Hershey bars.
Pecans have the additional virtue of serving as something of a shibboleth; you can narrow down what part of the country somebody is from by how they pronounce it
Are there any peanut liquors a la frangelico or amaretto?
Cashew orgeat! (Almond orgeat is a no go based on responsible consumerism)
You could get fancy and attempt an orgeat from any nut I suppose
Pro-baker tip - buy your pecans (pe-KAHN, say it fast!) raw and over roast them for more intense flavor in your pies. Grind them up an incorporate in a tart crust. Raw in your muesli. I love pecans.
In east Texas they have groves of 50ft. pecan trees. Amazing.
oh man, you're really asking for it...
Cashews also go pretty hard, but I'm not sure what the details on them are from a sustainability perspective. I just know they're a godsend for vegans who need some way to replicate the texture of dairy fat.
yes, i keep raw cashews on hand all the time for making cashew cream as a vegan replacement for heavy cream.
Wish to god they were cheaper
This is knowledge that I will break out to amaze & astound at some indeterminate point in the future by which point, I will have forgotten when/where I first heard it.
Cashew cheese on pizza is one of the things that's made it possible for me to stop eating animal products tbh
oh my god this might be just what I need
Cashew crema is also the best
Cashew orgeat is fun to make and amazing in cocktails
I just looked this up and need to try it now. Do you have any cocktail suggestions in particular?
It goes great with rum! A mai tai is the classic. I don’t know the name for it but a lot of times I leave out the curaçao and make something like a rum/orgeat old fashioned. Aged rum, orgeat, a little bit of lime, and bitters.
Sorry everyone cashews are bad
Guess I'll go back to making tofu ricotta then
I use them in pesto instead of cheese and it works well.
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cashews, like pecans, are a water intensive crop
This is macadamia erasure.
Close but pistachios are always #1
I like Macadamia nuts but the paperwork to get a bank loan to be able to buy them is just too much trouble.
Cashews have entered the chat
Look, I think we can all agree that the chestnut is vastly superior in the coveted "Capable Of Drawing Blood" category.
Oh they smell so absolutely horrid when roasting like holy fucking hell
There's the outside, and then when you try to peel them they wedge bits of themselves under your fingernails.
I buy them peeled now, because there must be chestnuts in stuffing.
No quibbles with rankings, just came here to say Drosselmeyer makes the best nutcracker I’ve ever used.
Almonds are awful. I hate them. I don't get the appeal. That said I also don't get pistachios, and pistachios have a lot of the same cali water issues as almonds.
Top of the list: Filberts, aka hazelnuts.
Everything else is secondary and, as with all things, depends on use, time of day, did you just visit the dentist, etc etc ....
My personal top 3 nuts:
Honestly, just a sandwich bag full of pecans and raisins is perfect for snacking at work.
Pecans are the fuckin' GOAT
Idk why I disliked/dismissed pistachios for so long but they rip
I feel like I’ve never had a pecan that was particularly good but now I’m wondering if that’s just a function of living far from where they are grown.
Agreed, but in our house, we buy our nuts at TJ's, so #2 is known as "nut meats," which, I think, lends them a certain swagger.
I prefer pecans but they are over 30% more expensive than almonds. Will be hard to get consumer demand up with that difference
Can’t bring myself to eat pistachios. It’s the color, I think.
My grandmother in law has a pecan tree and every Christmas she gives everyone a giant bag of pecans, it’s fantastic
Had an Epic Nut Thread on FB about a dozen years ago, spurred by my finding that, scientifically, pecans are the best nut (Brazil nuts are the worst, tho they come in very handy in woodworking)
Do you have a preferred brand of peanut butter? I go through a jar a week and would love to try a new brand.
Hazelnuts, man. Top three nut. Yes, I'm sayin there are four top-three nuts.
I know the math is iffy, but facts are facts.
Pistachios are the best. Not that big ones though. They are tasteless. But smaller ones are awesome.
Peanuts? Blech, too pasty and mould contaminated and they're not even nuts.
You are correct, however, with your rating of pistachios. Pecans, I am ambivalent on, depends on the application.
But what about macadamia nuts? Those fatty little treasures deserve some love too.
If I may:
Peanuts should not be in the Top 3 of nuts. Pecans first, then pistachios, then almonds.
Honorable mentions to both walnuts & cashews.
This is legume and drupe erasure.
2. Pistachios (if pre-shelled)
I'm sorry, but I got cashews, maccadamia and walnuts ahead of peanuts.
That’s crazy. How did cashews, the kind of nuts, not make your top 3?!?!?
People who prefer almonds to pecans are wild. And organic pecans direct shipped from Georgia make a Canadian realize one’s never *really* had a pecan, ask me how I know