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Fruit - Fresh and dried fruit - Nutritional properties

Fruit in the diet In dietetics, nutrition and nutrition, fruit is generally divided into: Fresh fruit (associated with the fleshy, acidulous and sugary products of plants) Dried fruit (dried fruits such as hazelnut, some drupes of fleshy fruit like walnut, etc.) Preserved fruit NB. The following will be considered the fresh fruit and dried fruit, while for the description of the preserved fruit, see the article concerning the seasonality and the methods of preserving the fruit


Generality Cashews, or cashew nuts, are known throughout the world with different nouns: acajou or cashew nuts, casher nuts, noix d'acajou, noix d'Arabie, anacarde occidental, Tintennusse, Mahagoininnusse, Mahagoni Kernel, Kernel westindische, elefanten lause. Cashews - which belong to the so-called category of dried fruit - from the botanical point of view are the fruits (or rather the achenes) of the Anacardium occidentale Linn

Hazelnut flour

Hazelnuts Hazelnuts are the fruits of an arboreal plant belonging to the Betulaceae family, Genus Corylus, Avellana species; the binomial nomenclature of the hazelnut tree is Corylus avellana . Called hazel in the common language, it is a medium-sized tree with heart-shaped, toothed and deciduous leaves

Dried figs

What are? Dried figs are foods of vegetable origin obtained by processing the fruits of the tree commonly called "fig"; this plant belongs to the Specic Ficus carica , of which several varieties differ. It should be pointed out that what we have just called fig fruit is actually a large infructescence called siconius; the true fruits of the fig grow inside this infructescence and are commonly called seeds (in reality they are achenes, dry fruits inside which the seed is enclosed)

Fruit - Fresh and dried fruit - Nutritional properties

Fruit in the diet In dietetics, nutrition and nutrition, fruit is generally divided into: Fresh fruit (associated with the fleshy, acidulous and sugary products of plants) Dried fruit (dried fruits such as hazelnut, some drupes of fleshy fruit like walnut, etc.) Preserved fruit NB. The following will be considered the fresh fruit and dried fruit, while for the description of the preserved fruit, see the article concerning the seasonality and the methods of preserving the fruit


What is nuts? Nuts is one of the many names used to indicate oily achenes produced by different plant species. Also commonly called dried fruit, not to be confused with dehydrated fruit, these foods are today considered a valid ally against metabolic pathologies ; in the section on nutrition we will find out better why


Generality Walnuts are the fruit of the plant "walnut or white walnut". Like pine nuts, almonds, pistachios, etc., walnut is a seed, or rather an achene, belonging to the "dried fruit" group. Walnut is a plant that belongs to the Juglandaceae family, Genus Juglans, Species regia

Peanuts: nutritional properties, role in the diet and how to use them in the kitchen of R.Borgacci

What are What are peanuts? Peanuts - or American peanuts - is the common name of edible seeds (cotyledons wrapped in a fibrous covering) produced by the peanut plant ( Arachis hypogaea ), herbaceous legume of South American origin (Fabaceae family). There are many varieties, of which the most important from the commercial point of view are American: Spanish, Runner, Virginia, Valencia, Tennessee Red and Tennessee White

Macadamia nuts

Generalities and Description Macadamia is a genus of plants originating from the Australian continent, more precisely from the Southern New Welsh (state of Australia located in the south-eastern part of the country). Belonging to the Proteaceae family, the genus Macadamia has four species of plants that produce edible seeds (called macadamia nuts ), respectively: Macadamia integrifolia , Macadamia jansenii , Macadamia ternifolia and Macadamia tetraphylla

Pecan nuts

Generality Pecan nuts are plant foods in the dried fruit group. They have a high energy value but also an excellent concentration of essential fats; the taste is rich and buttery. They can be eaten alone or in preparations such as desserts, first and second courses. Pecan nuts are the fruit of a plant native to the United States of America and their trade in Italy is mainly supported by imports

Brazilian nuts

Generality Brazilian (or Brazilian) nuts are the edible seeds produced by the Bertholletia excelsa tree. Tree of Brazilian Nuts - Bertholletia excelsa The botanical family of this plant (Lecythidaceae) is part of the order Ericales, the same as: cranberries, bilberries, sapote, gutta-percha, tea, gooseberry, phlox and khaki

Pistachios by Bronte by R.Borgacci

What are What are Bronte Pistachios? The Pistachios of Bronte - or green pistachios from Bronte, friars in dialect - are edible oily seeds produced from a botanical species (fratuscara in dialect) native to Asia Minor. The "original" pistachio tree was then differentiated into numerous varieties grown in different parts of the world with arid or semi-desert climate

Tannins: antioxidants or carcinogens?

Nocino is a typical drink rich in tannins. These molecules that, as already amply demonstrated, play a rather relevant antioxidant function, have for some years been considered "desirable" for human nutrition. However, even in this case there is a "downside". Tannins are in fact responsible for the chelation (chemical bond) of certain nutrients within the human digestive tract, with an inhibiting effect on the absorption itself

What do pine nuts have to do with bitter mouths?

It is called cacogeusia , in this case metallogeusia (metallic and bitter), the unpleasant taste sensation. It is often associated with psychological-psychiatric disorders and should not be confused (until proven otherwise) with the classic "bitter mouth" of digestive disorders (biliary lithiasis, hiatal hernia, gastritis, reflux, gastric tumor, peptic ulcer, etc

Almonds Bitter Against Cancer: Is It Possible?

As many already know, bitter almonds contain a certain amount of amygdalin, a cyanogenetic compound that is activated thanks to the intestinal bacterial flora. Some researchers, as documented in the old publication of 1982 " A clinical trial of amygdalin (Laetrile) in the treatment of human cancer ", have highlighted the interaction between amygdalin (in the form of a drug called Laetrile) and 178 subjects affected by cancer pathology

Walnuts look like small brains: will it be a coincidence?

Referring to the ironic quote by James Joseph, a well-known American university professor, it seems that walnuts ( Juglas regia ) have an extraordinary potential on conservation and, why not, on optimizing intellectual functions. These statements are related to some scientific works, one of which (alas, carried out on rats and not on humans), highlighted several noteworthy properties

Almond flour for breakfast: Is it better than whole almonds?

Almond flour is a product used as an ingredient in many pastry recipes. On the other hand, what many people do not know is that the use of almonds is related to an improvement of certain metabolic parameters or even to the optimization of the gastric satiety pulse. Does the resulting flour have the same beneficial effects

Do Almonds Lower Cholesterol?

We often hear about the miraculous effects of nuts on lipemia ... and other dried fruit? It seems that, in fact, most of the oil seeds cause a significant improvement to the blood lipid profile of those who, alas, suffer from dyslipidemia. Obviously, even in the case of almonds, the beneficial is maximized by replacing the saturated fats in the diet with the beneficial ones of the dried fruit, perhaps being careful not to create an excess of energy and, even better, trying to reduce a possible overweight by means of a correct physical activity

Nuts: Production and Storage

In recent years, world production of nuts has increased rapidly, with a greater increase on the Asian continent. Data referring to the production year 2010. In total, a harvest amount of 2.55 million tons of nuts was reached; China took first place with 1.06 million tons. The other nut producers, in decreasing order, were: Iran, United States, Turkey, Ukraine, Mexico, Romania, India, France and Chile

Walnut husk and ink

Walnut ink is an ink produced with the green skin that surrounds the seed; usually, the fruit of the species black walnut or black walnut, botanically classified as Juglans nigra, is used . The ink can be liquid or crystallized and must be mixed with water before use; it is used to paint, speckle and darken the paper, in order to obtain a "vintage" effect

From virtual reality to ink and nib: the husk is back in vogue!

A touch screen, ergonomic keyboards, joysticks, mice and other contemporary devilries. Do the kids not get involved? Are they distracted and unmotivated? A matter of stimuli! It has increasingly been shown that interactivity makes the mind lazy, hyper stimulation puts our brains on the defensive, which, for its part, "no longer knows where to slam its head

Nuts: Other Uses

Improper Use of Walnut The so-called black walnut ( Juglans nigra ) has been promoted as a potential cure for bowel cancer, since it should kill a parasite responsible for the onset of this disease. However, according to the "American Cancer Society", the scientific evidence available to date does not support the theory that black walnut skins can eliminate parasites from the intestinal tract or that they are effective in treating cancer or any other disease

World Production of the Walnut Tree

For alimentary use of the seeds, for the extraction of the husk, to obtain the precious wood, to produce herbal teas and healthy decoctions ... it seems that every reason is good to cultivate the splendid Juglas regia. The Italians know a lot about the thousand uses of this plant even if, to be honest, the Bel Paese is certainly not among the nations that make use of a "record" production

Types of Walnut

There are various types of walnut, but the species grown for food (of their seeds) are two: Persian walnut or English walnut , and black walnut . They both belong to the Juglandaceae Family and Genus Juglans ; the first is from the Specie regia , while the second is from the Specie nigra . The binomial nomenclature of these plants is Juglans regia and Juglans nigra

Pecan nuts against tuberculosis: will it be true?

If for the western population the tuberculosis mycobacterium has very little by now, it is instead a scourge for the Third and the Fourth World, where the disease takes almost two million lives a year. A 2008 study entitled " Antimycobacterial activity of Juglas regia, Juglas mollis, Carya illinoensis and Bocconia frutescens ", wanted to experiment with the effect of medicinal plants used in traditional Mexican medicine (including the Carya illinoensis, the tree of nuts pecan) against Tuberculosis

"Down with triglycerides ..." with walnut oil!

Hyperlipemia, which is a significant increase in blood fats, is a cardio-vascular risk factor. In this regard, it has already been known for many years that certain fats are able to improve (and others to worsen) these parameters. Fortunately, walnuts are very rich in beneficial molecules and the oil that is extracted from them is used as a phytotherapeutic drug

Walnut flour in pasta and bread: gluttony or health?

Walnut flour is, from time to time, used to flavor and flavor fresh egg pasta (up to 15% of the total weight of the flour) and bread or its derivatives (up to 10% of the total weight of the flour) . This is a trick that certainly satisfies the palate of those who love the taste of nuts ... but what about the nutritional aspect

Walnuts in brine

Pickled walnuts or pickled walnuts are a traditional English food. Since the nineteenth century, in England, walnuts in brine are considered a real delicacy; Charles Dickens already talked about it in his book "The Pickwick Papers", published in 1836, and are also mentioned in the "Brideshead Revisited", by Evelyn Waugh

What part of the nuts has health benefits?

It is a fact that nut consumption is related to a reduction in cardiovascular risk. This is due to the presence of good fats, vitamins, phenolic antioxidants, fibers, etc. However, if it is known "which molecules" are responsible for the improvement of health status, it is not always completely clear "which component" of the edible portion of these seeds brings the phytotherapeutic and nutraceutical value of nuts

Dried fruit

Very popular in the Christmas evenings and present in a wide range of delicacies, the lipidic dried fruit includes a varied class of foods, accumulated by a high energy power. The dehydration of food makes it possible to concentrate its nutrients, obtaining, for the same weight, a product particularly rich in nutrients