Nuts

In the United States, peanuts are the major snack nut, commanding over a 50% share. Other major snack nuts include cashews, almonds, pistachios, macadamias, and sunflower seeds. Walnuts, pecans, and filberts are viewed primarily as in shell or baking commodities—not snacks. Most snack nuts are blanched (skin removed) and roasted to develop a nutty flavor and crunchy texture. Nuts are either roasted dry in air or in oil, in units that resemble fryers. Oil-roasted nuts are salted when the nuts are still warm to promote adhesion. A recent market trend has been honey roasting, where nuts are covered with a honey-water solution and coated with a sugar-starch mixture prior to roasting (16). Due to their high fat level nuts are extremely susceptible to oxidative rancidity. Consequently many snack nuts are vacuum packed.

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