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The pecan tree is native to the sunny southern states of the United States, which to this day are the world’s largest producers. Our partner, the National Pecan Company, has its headquarters in the state of Texas. As the U.S. market leader for pecan nuts, it has three major production sites in the main cultivation areas: Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.
The pecan has a similar shape to the walnut, though slightly more stretched and with a thinner shell. Its shell is slightly shiny, smooth, and so easy to open that this can even be attempted by hand. The actual kernel, which is 2 to 4 cm (1 to 1.5 inches) long consists of two halves, very similar to a walnut. Pecans are extremely popular because of their discreet, nutty-sweet taste.
The nut is also extremely nutritious, with a very high proportion of valuable unsaturated fatty acids (over 85%). It is also full of minerals such as iron, potassium, copper, manganese, and zinc, as well as vitamin B1, pantothenic acid, folic acid, and biotin. Its abundance of fiber and antioxidants is a major plus for marketing it as a true premium ingredient.
This healthy nut has numerous uses in the food industry: With its fine, mild taste, the American pecan enriches snacks, cereals, chocolate, ice cream, or baked goods, for example. The Bösch Boden Spies pecan assortment comprises whole or half kernels, and pieces of varying sizes.
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Archaeological findings indicate that the walnut is one of the oldest foods in the world. Originally from ancient Persia, it entered the Mediterranean region in ancient times via the Greeks. In the 18th century, walnuts found their way to the New World with Spanish missionaries. Today, the USA is the world’s largest exporter of this subtly acerbic nut.
Of all nuts, walnuts have the highest concentration of linolenic acid (approximately 7,500 mg/100 g) – one of the essential omega-3 fatty acids that contribute to maintaining a healthy cholesterol level. Their delicate nutmeats are also rich in antioxidant tocopherols and the trace elements zinc and potassium. The latter are important for healthy skin, hair, and nails, among other benefits.
Walnuts are very versatile and adaptable. Whether in cakes or ice cream, as sweet, crunchy brittle, in savory dips and pasta dishes, or as a nutty salad topping with a fine texture – the walnut gives many dishes that certain extra something.
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Almonds are regarded as healthy, nutritious products – and as nutritious without containing a lot of fat, because at approximately 50%, natural almonds have a relatively low fat content compared to other types of nut. The composition of this fat is also interesting, because only a small fraction is saturated. Most of it consists of nutritionally very valuable mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Beyond this, almonds are rich in fiber, vitamin B2, phosphorus, magnesium, and the trace elements copper and manganese. They also contain relevant quantities of folic acid, potassium, calcium, iron, and zinc. Due to their high levels of vitamin E, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, natural almonds also have excellent antioxidative potential.
Almonds have a characteristic, slightly sweet flavor and a crunchy-nutty texture. Whether natural or blanched, slivered, sliced, or diced – almonds are used throughout the year in chocolates, bars, cereals, and yogurt as a tasty and nourishing ingredient. Natural almonds have a stronger flavor than blanched almonds. As a topping or an ingredient, almonds provide a nice color contrast and a visual highlight. Whether pure or roasted, almonds are also flavor carriers, and thus offer various possibilities of adding taste, from sweet to savory.
Bösch Boden Spies sells almonds from Blue Diamond in California. Their innovative portfolio of roasted snack almonds is unique in the market.