Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds can be used to enhance natural flavor, or add color and texture to food. A seed is a plant grain. A nut is a hard-shelled dry fruit or seed. Nuts are available shelled and unshelled. Purchase nuts in small quantities because they can easily spoil. Use nuts carefully, as many people are allergic to them. Seeds can be used in many ways. Some seeds, such as cumin, are considered spices, and are used during cooking. Other seeds, such as poppy seeds, are used for baking.

Nut and Seed Storage

Store fresh nuts and seeds in an air-tight container in a cool, dry area with limited exposure to light. Nuts also can be refrigerated or frozen in airtight containers.

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