View Full Version : Fresh Nuts Look Different
01-04-2008, 07:52 PM
Wow, I am surprised at how little I really know about natural foods and where they come from! A few years ago, I didn't even know nuts came from trees. I read in a book that very few people have tried raw nuts and that the texture of a raw almond is like an apple:eek:. I looked up some pictures online by searching for 'pictures of nuts on trees' and it was really amazing. Most of the nuts are actually green, not brown! They are dehydrated, even if they say raw because truly raw nuts spoil in only a few days. They couldn't last long enough to be transported without the dehydration. Even the young thai coconuts that I buy originally have a thick green shell.
01-04-2008, 08:01 PM
I think stuff like that is so cool. Learning, growing and having a good idea of what you are putting into our bodies. It's a good thing! :)
01-04-2008, 08:09 PM
They are very different looking. Especially in their real skins. Never stop learning anything you can. I'm amazed each day as to what new things I can learn.
01-04-2008, 10:21 PM
Fresh nuts, Green? Actually, at least speaking for pecans and almonds, the green is the outer shell, like a cocoanut. It dries and falls off before the pecan/almond leave the tree, the ripe shell is brown. And yes, if picked at the green stage, it would probably spoil before too long. But, if allowed to ripen on the tree and fall at the ripe stage (brown), it can last for months.
I heard they dehydrate them to save shipping cost ???? Who knows?
And the reason they pick at the green stage, could it be to beat others to the market? They do this with oranges.
Just my thoughts and experiences.
01-04-2008, 11:10 PM
I know what you mean, I recently realised that dates grow on palms! I had absolutely no idea. If I could I'd have a date palm and just stand under it all day waiting for them to drop into my mouth.
01-05-2008, 12:43 AM
I had an almond tree in my yard when I was little, and I got to see them in their green fuzzy sheaths. And I now have access to a walnut tree in oakdale, ca and I got to pick a huge bag of the walnuts that had fallen to the ground. They had now brown shells around them, and some had already popped out of their shell. They are truey the best walnuts on earth. The safeway bagged nuts in their shells taste like shit compared to the real thing!
01-05-2008, 01:12 AM
My neighbor has a chestnut tree in the back yard and the squirrels like to bring the chestnuts into my yard and plant them. I'm not sure but I think when the chestnuts sprout the squirrels come back and harvest them.
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