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 A wonderful range of organic nuts, all sizes and types, super-fresh in small packs and large bulk sacks, from 100g of ground almonds to 10kg of walnuts. 10% case discount on prepacks from Infinity and Crazy Jack.

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Why organic?

 

Soil Association Organic Licence for packing our own brand of nuts Many nuts are grown in poor soil on steep hillsides, often in areas with high rainfall. This can be a problem, as it is difficult to maintain soil fertility with high levels of soil leaching. In conventional farming, soil leaching is often balanced by the addition of artificial fertilisers; however, excess fertiliser ends up in rivers, causing considerable difficulties, while the natural ecosystems also suffer through the use of fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides. In an organic system, the nut orchards are often shared with cattle and sheep that graze under the trees. Through grazing, they provide additional income to the farmer and naturally increase soil fertility with their manure. The total system is thus in greater balance, with the farmer less reliant on the success of a particular crop. In addition, the orchard system allows the local bee population to access food all through the summer, and not just when the nut trees are in bloom.

How do I know these are organic?

By law, all produce sold in the UK as organic must display a certification symbol or number. When you see the Soil Association organic symbol on the organic nuts we sell, you can be sure they comply with the government standards for organic produce. These standards are set by the UK government and meet (and often exceed) European and international standards. With an imported product such as nuts, it is vital that international standards are maintained.

 

Best ethical organic nut buy

 

Organic Nuts - why they are better for the environment The Ethical Buyer's Guide to Nuts lists the Crazy Jack range of nuts as a 'best buy', in which you get great taste, full organic status and good ethics. All Crazy Jack products are organic and you can be assured of a fantastic product.

 

Organic nuts and pesticides

Organic nuts are a fabulous food: they can be eaten raw, toasted or pureed, used as a flour or made into nut butter. However, with non-organic nuts, pesticides can pose a problem, as they are widely used not only in the growing, but also in the processing of nuts. If you want to avoid pesticides altogether, organic nuts are the choice for you.

 

Why are organic nuts more expensive?

 

There are many reasons why organic nuts are more expensive than conventionally grown nuts: some obvious and some not so obvious.

  • When we first had an organic grower's licence, we were really pleased when, after 18 months, our first organic crops became available. Our first crop was organic salad leaves - we could sell these as organic as they were grown from organic seeds and the land had had no artificial fertiliser applied to it for at least a year. However, we had to wait a number of years for the apples growing in the next patch to be available for organic sale, as the trees had to have time to achieve organic status. From a nut-grower's point of view, there can therefore be a significant investment in time before any organic premium can be achieved, as any crop harvested must be sold as non-organic, but will still have all the additional input costs of an organic system.
  • Organic yields can be lower than conventional yields, as the organic grower avoids chemical fertilisers. With more labour generally involved in organic growing, labour costs can be significantly higher.
  • For any farmer, there are significant administration costs, but for the organic grower there is an extra burden of inspection and registration fees. In addition, some processing companies charge extra for processing an organic crop, as they also incur additional costs.
  • Some organic nuts, such as almonds, can be blighted by heavy spring rains. There are no organically approved methods to control orchard infections once they take hold.

Organic nut range

We are pleased to offer a full range of nuts, almost all of which are available as organic. We pack many nuts ourselves and can offer various size combinations, with a standard 10% case discount on all purchases. Included in our nut range are:

Almonds

In our organic almond range we sell whole and ground almonds, in lots of different sizes. Whole almonds are great as a snack and can be added to all sorts of dishes; ground almonds are wonderful for the baker and make a great flour with a magnificent taste.

 

Our full range of organic almonds can be seen on our organic almonds page. From this page, you can use the filters to determine the brand you want and the size.

Why do we source our organic almonds from Spain?

In 2004 there were two relatively small salmonella outbreaks in the US that were linked to almonds. Without any real pressure from consumers or the government, the Almond Board of California (ABC - the trade organisation for US almonds) recommended to the US Department of Agriculture that all almonds be pasteurised to eliminate contamination. From 2007, all domestic US almonds have had to be pasteurised before they can be sold. As with most of the rest of Europe, we decided that we would no longer source organic almonds from the US. Additionally, the highly intensive method of cultivating almonds in California, combined with the vast shipping of bees from across the US to pollinate the crop there, were practices we felt should not be supported.

Among the treatments allowed by the ABC is Propylene Oxide (PPO) treatment, which reduces bacteria on the nuts. Notwithstanding ABC claims that PPO is perfectly safe, the European Union has banned PPO on both domestic and imported almonds. It is considered a 'probable carcinogen', with many harmful side-effects.

 

 

 

  • Brazils: a huge range of sizes, from a small bag for snacking, to 20kg of organic brazil nuts for the serious nut-eater or cook.

  • Cashews: pieces and whole, raw and roasted, we have the full range of organic cashew nuts, for some great cooking and some serious treats.
  • Hazelnuts: we have both raw and roasted organic hazelnuts in a huge range of sizes.
  • Peanuts: we have paleskin and redskin, raw and roasted. Every type of organic peanut we could source is listed in a variety of sizes.
  • Pecans: for some recipes, only pecan nuts will do - we list some delicious organic pecans.
  • Pinenuts: the most luxurious of all the organic nuts.
  • Walnuts: we have halves and quarters, in all sorts of bag sizes - simply, the complete range of organic walnuts.
  • Coconut: among our many coconut products, we offer coconut milk, dessicated coconut and coconut chips - all organic - in lots of sizes.

 

 

Our full listing of organic nuts is contained on this page: just scroll up for the product range and down for a quick guide to the nuts. If you just want to see the bulk or whole range of nuts, click here. We also stock a fine range of nut butters from some great producers; these are again organic, and include raw nut butter.

 

Studies have shown that those who eat nuts live longer - but this could be because the people who eat nuts tend not to eat junk food. Those who eat organically also tend to eat less junk food, thus getting the best of both worlds!

If organic is not for you, you can search our range of non-organic nuts; or, of course, you can mix and match to suit your taste and need.

Organic nuts for children

Organic Nust for children

Nuts are great for children, as they are high in protein and packed full of nutrients, all of which are important for growing bodies. They can form an important part of an organic diet for your child. Many children are keen to try new food, but if you are having any problems getting the kids to taste organic nuts, you could try:

  • adding organic ground nuts to a fruit smoothie or milk shake
  • including a selection of nuts in the daily organic lunch box
  • adding some nuts to the morning cereal
  • getting the kids involved in cooking for a friend or perhaps a grandparent: if they have cooked something for Granny, they may well want to try it themselves. They might even want to say why they chose organic ingredients and where the ingredients came from. Make it fun!

 

Don't give up: eating well is a habit best learnt as a child. You are building for the future, and what could be better than organic nuts!

Organic nut producers

At Naturally Good Food we like to supply the best quality nuts we can. For us, these are organic wherever possible. We also like to work with the best producers - among the suppliers we use are:

Crazy Jack: their range of organic pre-packed nuts covers the world! With the Crazy Jack range, you not only get great nuts, but can be sure that the communities producing the nuts are protected. The only disadvantage with the Crazy Jack range is that the nuts are only available in small packets. To supply larger sizes of nuts, we need to pack them ourselves under our own organic licence. These nuts come to us loose, and are from the same source as the Crazy Jack nuts. They are imported by Community Foods, who own Crazy Jack.

Naturally Good Food: with our own Soil Association Organic Status, we can pack our own nuts, offering great value for money. We can provide much larger pack sizes than you usually find, meaning that you can buy organic for a similar price to non-organic. If you want a particularly large pack, please let us know.

We also have good links with Infinity Foods (a co-operative in Brighton) and Queenswood Natural Foods. On occasion, we may source nuts from them, if they are running special offers.

News from the organic nut front ........

Guide and Recipes

Organic nuts - 

a quick guide

see our guide to cooking with nuts



A guide to various type of nuts, especially organic

Nuts are good for a vegetarian diet, as they contain protein, are a great source of energy and have lots of calories. But of course, you don't need to be a vegetarian to enjoy the benefits of eating organic nuts. Nuts are also high in unsaturated fat, which helps maintain a healthy heart. They are a good source of many minerals, including iron, magnesium and zinc, with almonds, brazils, peanuts and walnuts particularly well-stocked with the antioxidant vitamin E. Folic acid is found in peanuts, hazelnuts, cashews and walnuts, while brazils are an important source of selenium, which is good for the immune system. Nuts are an ideal 'store cupboard' line - and you can buy them in reasonable bulk quantities, meaning that the cost per serving can come down significantly. Overall, they're perfect for those following an organic diet.

 

Eating nuts can lower cholesterol

 

Eating nuts is good for your heart, eating organic is also ood for the planet

Eating nuts is an important part of a healthy diet. Recent studies in the US showed that eating, on average, 67g (a small bag) of nuts each day reduced cholesterol levels by 7.4%. In addition, eating nuts lowered levels of triglyceride, a type of blood fat that has been linked to heart disease.

 

Among the studies pointing to the health benefits of eating nuts is research from Iowa entitled 'Frequent nut intake and risk of death from coronary heart disease and all causes in postmenopausal women: the Iowa Women's Health Study.' This study concluded that 'there is an inverse association between the frequent consumption of nuts and the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), and clinical investigations suggest that diets high in nuts may reduce serum cholesterol levels.'

 

Studies published in 2011 by the University of Scranton suggest that walnuts are the most healthy nuts in terms of antioxidants (antioxidants are good because they stop the chain reactions that damage cells in the body when oxidation occurs). The study went on to say that the antioxidants found in walnuts were also two to 15 times as powerful as vitamin E, which is known to protect the body against chemicals involved in causing disease.


Nuts are a high-calorie food, but the impact on the waistline is not so simple. Eating nuts does not appear to cause weight gain - it may even make people feel full and thus less likely to overeat. In a 2009 US study, nut consumption was associated with a significantly lower risk of weight gain and obesity.

 

The organic nuts we sell

 

Almonds: the first in our organic nut list is organic almonds, which are rich in dietary fibre, minerals and vitamins (especially important B vitamins). Almonds are a fine source of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium, as well as providing plenty of vitamin E. organic almonds nuts - part of the organic range from Naturally Good Food

Use: almonds are often eaten on their own, raw or roasted, making a good healthy snack in the evening. They are a major ingredient of marzipan, nougat, macaroons, and many pastries and cookies. They can also be made into a butter spread similar to peanut butter, but less salty - a good substitute for peanut-allergy sufferers.

 
As sweet almonds have no carbohydrates, they can be used in cakes and cookies for those on low-carbohydrate diets. In addition, as almond flour is gluten-free, it is very popular for those on a gluten-free diet.
 
Availability: almonds are available blanched, flaked, ground and whole. All our almonds are organic and come in a variety of sizes, from 100g to 10kg, with a standard 10% case discount.

Organic blanched almonds:  blanched almonds are almonds without their skin on. These are used in many Middle Eastern dishes. Our organic blanched almonds (in a 100g pack size) are part of the Crazy Jack organic nut range; as with all Crazy Jack products, you know they will be of the best quality.

Organic flaked almonds: organic flaked almonds are great for decoration; simply bake them in  a moderate oven for about five minutes to give a golden colour. Flaked almonds are blanched almonds that have been sliced to produce a flat disc shape.

Organic ground almonds:  organic ground almonds are made from blanched almonds, as almond skins are rather bitter. Ground almonds are often called 'almond flour'. They are widely used in gluten-free cooking, and are also a favourite ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, being ideal for thickening sauces, topping a casserole or giving your crumble a moist feel.

Organic whole almonds: whether you eat our whole organic almonds raw, or toasted, on their own or in combination with other ingredients, one thing you can be sure of is that you will have a great tasting nut! Our whole organic almonds are available in a variety of sizes, from 100g to 10kg.


 

Brazils: brazil nuts are a good source of magnesium and thiamin, and perhaps the best supplier of dietary selenium (the level of selenium can vary greatly between batches). Brazil nuts also have a relatively high zinc content. While their fat level is fairly high, this is unsaturated fat - nevertheless, it is perhaps best not to eat too many brazil nuts in one go (aim for three nuts a day!). Brazil nuts can be a good source of protein in a vegetarian diet. With their high polyunsaturated fat content (mostly comprising omega-6 fats), shelled brazil nuts become rancid relatively quickly.

Brazil nuts for international trade come entirely from wild collection, rather than from plantations. This has been advanced as a model for generating income from a tropical forest without destroying it. The nuts are gathered by migrant workers known as 'castanheiros'. 

organic brazil - part of the organic nut range from Naturally Good Food

Use: in addition to their traditional use as a topping for a rich fruit cake, you could try adding brazil nuts to a salad, a nut loaf or as a final ingredient in a stir-fry.
 
 
Availability: all our brazil nuts are organic and whole; as with the rest of our organic nut selection, we offer a 10% case discount.


 

Cashews: cashew nuts are a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. They are rich in heart-friendly mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic and palmitoleic acids, which help to lower LDL (or 'bad cholesterol') and increase HDL (or 'good cholesterol'). Cashew nuts are a great source of minerals such as manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium, and are especially rich in B vitamins. organic cashew nuts- part of the organic nut range from Naturally Good Food

Use: cashew nuts make a great snack for nibbling! They also go well in stir-fries and make a very easy and truly special curry, especially if they are soaked for a little time before cooking. 

 
Availability: for that evening snack, we offer roasted and salted cashew nuts. For cooking, try our cashew nut pieces or whole nuts. All our cashew nuts are organic.


 

chestnuts - part of the nut range from Naturally Good Food Chestnuts: chestnuts are not a typical nut, being low in calories and fat, with a high carbohydrate content. Chestnuts also have a high water content, rather like a vegetable. They are so unlike most nuts that they are sometimes referred to as 'the grain that grows on a tree'.


Use: as well as the classic 'chestnuts roasting on an open fire', chestnuts are ground to produce flour, which is especially useful in gluten-free cooking.

 

Availability: we can get chestnuts to order within a couple of days. We also stock chestnut flour, and pasta made with chestnut flour. 


 

 

 

Hazelnuts: hazelnuts are rich in dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), which help to lower LDL (or 'bad cholesterol') and increase HDL (or 'good cholesterol'). They are especially high in folate (unique to nuts), which is good news for expectant mums! As well as being an excellent source of vitamin E and the important B vitamins, hazelnuts are rich in minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. hazelnuts - part of the organic nut range from Naturally Good Food

Use: hazelnuts are a very versatile nut, used in many dishes. They are great in desserts, can be easily added to brownies and go well with most chocolate dishes. They can also make an interesting addition to a salad.

  
Availability: all our hazelnuts are organic. We offer a number of different sizes - buying a larger pack will give you a great saving. In addition, we stock the Crazy Jack range of both standard and blanched hazelnuts.


Macadamias: macadamia nuts are a high energy food, with no cholesterol and low levels of carbohydrate. They have the highest levels of unsaturated fats of any nut (with macadamia oil boasting some 78% mono-unsaturated fat - the highest level of any oil). On the negative side, these nuts are relatively expensive and very difficult to extract from their shells. They are native to north-east Australia.


Use: macadamia nuts work well in combination with coconut, chocolate or fish.
 
Availability: we are really pleased to be able to offer organic macadamia nuts. You can purchase these nuts in a range of sizes. 


Peanuts: peanuts are rich in many health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. They are especially good sources of mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acids, which help to lower LDL (or 'bad cholesterol') and increase HDL (or 'good cholesterol'). Peanuts contain high concentrations of poly-phenolic antioxidants, primarily p-coumaric acid, which is believed to lessen the risk of stomach cancer by reducing the formation of carcinogenic nitrosamines.  Peanuts are also well-stocked with vitamin E.

 
Use: we are all familiar with peanut butter as a snack on bread, or salted peanuts with a glass of something in the evening. Peanuts can also be used in a great variety of dishes, both sweet and savoury. They are particularly widely used in Indonesian and West African cooking. 
 
Availability: all our peanuts are organic, and we offer a variety of sizes to suit your cooking needs. We also stock roasted and salted peanuts as part of our overall range of organic nuts.


Pecans: pecans are a good source of protein, antioxidants, and unsaturated fats such as oleic acid. They are rich in many of the phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to overall antioxidant activity, including the polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotenes, lutein and zeaxanthin. Research studies have suggested that these compounds help the body remove toxic-oxygen free radicals, thus protecting the body from diseases such as cancers, as well as from infections. Pecans are an excellent source of vitamin E, and are packed with many of the important B-complex group of vitamins, such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. They contain high levels of minerals including manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.

The organic pecans we stock from Crazy Jack are little pecans that come from trees up to 200 years old. Like the rest of the Crazy Jack organic nut range, great care is taken in choosing the right producer. Crops from pecan trees vary largely from year to year – a 'good' season is nearly always followed by a 'poor' one, for example – and crop management thus needs to be looked at over a number of years, allowing the trees to rest and respond according to the weather. Native pecan trees grow to full maturity and provide a lush feeding ground for the small birds and insects that live in the bark and on the leaves of the tree. So there’s much more to pecans than just pecans! In choosing these organic nuts, you can be sure that you are helping the local environment retain its native character.

Use: the most famous use of pecans is, of course, in pecan pie, but these nuts can form part of numerous other dishes, almost all sweet, including pecan toffee, cranberry pecan bars, chocolate pecan pie, pecan supremes, praline candy and raspberry cheesecake: the full recipes for these can be found at pecan.com.
 
Availability: we offer both organic and non-organic pecans.


Pinenuts: pinenuts are a good source of vitamin E and vitamin K, and are rich in magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.

 
Use: pinenuts are perhaps best known as an ingredient in pesto - and fresh pesto made at home is the best! Pinenuts can also be eaten raw - they are especially good in salads. They can be added to many sweet and savoury dishes, with the flavour and texture going well with meats, cheese, vegetables and fruit.

 

Availability: we sell pinenuts in a variety of sizes, up to 1kg, which should keep you going for a while, or allow you to make a great batch of pesto for the freezer!


Pistachios:  pistachios are an excellent source of copper, manganese and phosphorus, and contain significant amounts of potassium and magnesium. They are an especially rich provider of vitamin B6 and the other B vitamins.

 
Use: pistachio nuts make a great snack: perhaps the most famous recipe using them is pistachio ice-cream. They also go well in salads.
 
 
Availability: we sell a variety of sizes of pistachio nuts.


Walnuts: last, but not least, in our round-up of nuts are walnuts. These are a good natural source of omega-3 fatty acids, with 2.5g providing almost all your recommended intake (according to the Food Nutrition Board of the US National Academy of Science's Institute of Medicine). Walnuts also have high levels of copper, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. With their high fat content, walnuts can go rancid, so take a little care in storing them. Variety and growing conditions greatly affect the quality of the walnut, so for organic walnuts, a careful choice of locality and producer is very important. The Crazy Jack range of organic walnuts comes from India, where the company feels that nuts with the best colour kernels and good creamy flavour are available.

 
Use: walnuts make a great tasty snack on their own, but also go well with other healthy foods. When chopped, they sprinkle well on breakfast cereal or salads, and can be stirred into yogurt. They also go well in smoothies - try banana and walnut.  
 
Availability: we stock organic walnuts in various sizes. They come both as walnut halves and as light quarters, which work out considerably cheaper and are ideal for cooking.

There has been considerable research on the health benefits of eating walnuts. The basic conclusion is that a handful of walnuts each day provides you with the ideal level of minerals, vitamins and protein. Here are some of the findings in more detail:

  • Walnuts are a rich source of energy. They contain health-benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.

  • Walnuts are an excellent source of all the important omega-3 essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and arachidonic acids. Eating walnuts regularly will help to lower total cholesterol, as well as reducing levels of LDL ('bad cholesterol') and raising levels of HDL ('good cholesterol'). Research studies suggest that a Mediterranean diet, rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and in omega-3 fatty acids, helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by favouring a healthy blood lipid profile.

  • Additionally, walnuts are a rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including melatonin, ellagic acid, vitamin E, carotenoids and ply-phenolic compounds. These compounds are known to have potential health benefits in terms of combatting cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.

  • Further, walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E and are especially rich in gamma-tocopherol, carrying about 21g per 100g (about 140% of the daily required levels). Vitamin E is a powerful lipid-soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membranes and skin, and protecting from harmful oxygen-free radicals.

  • These nuts are also packed with many of the important B-complex groups of vitamins, such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folates.

  • They are also very rich source of minerals such as manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron,magnesium, zinc and selenium. 

  • Walnut oil has a flavourful nutty aroma and exhibits excellent astringent properties. Applied locally, it helps to keep the skin well protected from dryness. It can also be used in cooking, and as a carrier or base oil in traditional medicines, massage therapy, aromatherapy, and in the pharmaceuticals and cosmetic industries.

Recipes using organic nuts

Hints

Hints and tips for organic nuts

Here are some tips and hints on nuts that we have picked up over the years. With the help of some of these tips, you can include organic nuts in your diet for not much more than conventional nuts.

 

  • Combine a spoonful of organic ground almonds with breadcrumbs and use as a crumb coating for fish and chicken. Ground almonds can also be used to thicken, smooth and enrich a curry.
  • A tablespoon of lightly roasted organic almond flakes can be sprinkled over ice-cream or steamed trout. Use a shallow frying pan or skillet to roast the almonds.
  • To remove the skin from organic whole almonds, simply soak for a minute in hot water, remove and squeeze the kernel – the nut will pop out of its little jacket.
  • Blanched almonds, like many nuts, can be toasted and added to a Chinese vegetable stir-fry. If toasted and finely chopped, they also make a great contribution to a ginger-shrimp sauté.
  • Brazil nuts have a similar taste to macadamia nuts and can be substituted for them in many recipes. 
  • To keep them crunchy, add cashew nuts just before serving, as they soften quickly when cooked. For a smooth cashew nut curry, with a rich - almost creamy - texture, soak your cashew nuts before cooking.
  • Hazelnuts can be chopped, ground or sliced, and added to breads, cakes, muffins and cookies to give an improved texture and crunch, and a rich, nutty flavour. 
  • Roasted whole hazelnuts, and rich dried fruits and dark chocolate, make a delicious antioxidant snack. 
  • Sprinkle hazelnuts over salads and vegetables for a crunchy texture and nutty flavour - and for visual appeal!
  • Pecans have a higher fat content (mostly mono-unsaturated fats) than other nuts and are therefore more perishable. To keep them from spoiling, double-bag and store them in the refrigerator for up to three months, or in the freezer for up to six months.
  • Pinenuts are expensive: for many recipes you could substitute blanched slivered almonds (although this does not work for a classic pesto). In this way, you can use organic nuts in your recipe and still keep the cost down.
  • In salads - particularly green salads - try substituting walnuts for pinenuts. (To get a more 'nutty' flavour, try lightly dry-roasting walnuts in a shallow dry pan.)
  • Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and roasted pumpkin seeds are common nut-free substitutes for pinenuts in sauces, salads and other dishes. Sunflower seeds are especially good in pesto, as they have a similar oily coating and add a 'meaty' taste to the sauce.
  • Use organic walnut halves or quarters, rather than whole walnuts, and save money! Quarters and halves are much cheaper, and in cooking, you will not notice the difference.
  • If you have difficulty digesting nuts, you could try rehydrating them by soaking them in water; this makes them softer and they will blend more easily in a food-processor. You can then add them to an organic smoothie for a perfect balanced drink, bursting with goodness.
  • If you are stuck in hospital, don't forget some organic nuts - great to nibble on for a mid-morning snack, and perfect for bolstering a rather boring hospital diet.
  • To keep nuts as fresh as possible, store in the fridge. If you are buying in bulk, it is possible to freeze nuts.
  • If you want a milder nut taste, try blanching your nuts before use.
  • Don't waste expensive organic walnut oil in cooking: it makes a great salad dressing, but the high heat involved in cooking removes much of the goodness in the oil.
  • Salted nuts do not last as long as unsalted nuts, so if you are making your own salted nuts, just make them as you need them.
  • Try adding our organic brazil nuts to rice puddings. Garnish the top of the pudding with these nuts and bake as normal.

 

We would welcome any of your tips and hints - especially about organic nuts - so that more people can enjoy nuts!

Almonds

Organic Almonds

Almonds: the first in our organic nut list is organic almonds, which are rich in dietary fibre, minerals and vitamins (especially important B vitamins). Almonds are a fine source of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium, as well as providing plenty of vitamin E. organic almonds nuts - part of the organic range from Naturally Good Food

Use: almonds are often eaten on their own, raw or roasted, making a good healthy snack in the evening. They are a major ingredient of marzipan, nougat, macaroons, and many pastries and cookies. They can also be made into a butter spread similar to peanut butter, but less salty - a good substitute for peanut-allergy sufferers.

 
As sweet almonds have no carbohydrates, they can be used in cakes and cookies for those on low-carbohydrate diets. In addition, as almond flour is gluten-free, it is very popular for those on a gluten-free diet.
 
Availability: almonds are available blanched, flaked, ground and whole. All our almonds are organic and come in a variety of sizes, from 100g to 10kg, with a standard 10% case discount.

Organic blanched almonds:  blanched almonds are almonds without their skin on. These are used in many Middle Eastern dishes. Our organic blanched almonds (in a 100g pack size) are part of the Crazy Jack organic nut range; as with all Crazy Jack products, you know they will be of the best quality.

Organic flaked almonds: organic flaked almonds are great for decoration; simply bake them in  a moderate oven for about five minutes to give a golden colour. Flaked almonds are blanched almonds that have been sliced to produce a flat disc shape.

Organic ground almonds:  organic ground almonds are made from blanched almonds, as almond skins are rather bitter. Ground almonds are often called 'almond flour'. They are widely used in gluten-free cooking, and are also a favourite ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine, being ideal for thickening sauces, topping a casserole or giving your crumble a moist feel.

Organic whole almonds: whether you eat our whole organic almonds raw, or toasted, on their own or in combination with other ingredients, one thing you can be sure of is that you will have a great tasting nut! Our whole organic almonds are available in a variety of sizes, from 100g to 10kg.

Why do we source our organic almonds from Spain?

In 2004 there were two relatively small salmonella outbreaks in the US that were linked to almonds. Without any real pressure from consumers or the government, the Almond Board of California (ABC - the trade organisation for US almonds) recommended to the US Department of Agriculture that all almonds be pasteurised to eliminate contamination. From 2007, all domestic US almonds have had to be pasteurised before they can be sold. As with most of the rest of Europe, we decided that we would no longer source organic almonds from the US. Additionally, the highly intensive method of cultivating almonds in California, combined with the vast shipping of bees from across the US to pollinate the crop there, were practices we felt should not be supported.

Among the treatments allowed by the ABC is Propylene Oxide (PPO) treatment, which reduces bacteria on the nuts. Notwithstanding ABC claims that PPO is perfectly safe, the European Union has banned PPO on both domestic and imported almonds. It is considered a 'probable carcinogen', with many harmful side-effects.

 

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Almonds Ground - from Spain - Blanched - 500g

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Almonds Ground - from Spain - Blanched - 1kg

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Almonds Whole - 100g

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Almonds Whole - from Spain - 250g

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Almonds Whole - from Spain - 1kg

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Almonds Whole - from Spain - 500g

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