Facts About Nuts

Spring 2010 CSANews Issue 74  |  Posted date : May 27, 2010.Back to list

  • Cashew shells are poisonous. The shells contain a substance called urushiol, which causes skin irritation.
  • Ninety per cent of macadamia nuts are grown in Hawaii. It takes 300 pounds of pressure to crack a macadamia nut shell.
  • The original use of peanut butter was as a nutritional supplement for the elderly.
  • California produces 70 per cent of the world's walnuts.
  • Iran is the largest world producer of pistachio nuts.
  • Nuts supply one of the best natural sources of vitamins E and B2 (riboflavin, an antioxidant), and are rich in protein, folate, fibre and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, copper and selenium.