Uses of Nuts
Most nuts generally have high oil content,
thus they are a highly prized food and energy source. A large
number of nuts are edible by humans and are used in cooking,
eaten raw, sprouted, or roasted as a snack food.
A snack food is a type of food that is not meant to be eaten
as a main meal of the day. It is intended to be a snack,
something to temporarily tide a person's hunger to to provide a
brief supply of energy for the body. Snack food can also be
eaten for enjoyment of the taste.
Nuts can also be pressed for oil that is used in cookery and
cosmetics. They are also a significant source of nutrition for
wildlife. This is particularly true in temperate climates where
animals such as jays and squirrels store acorns and other nuts
during the autumn season to keep themselves from starving
Seeds from the sunflower can be pressed and squeezed to
produce sunflower oil, which is a more healthy option as
compared to lard during cooking.
The nuts from the palm tree can also be pressed to produce
palm oil, which has a wide range of uses from consumption to
production of pigment ink. Currently Indonesia and Malaysia are
the major exporters for palm oil.
Peanuts are harvested directly from the plant and can be
eaten raw or furthur processed to get roasted peanuts as a
snack food peanut oil for culinary purposes.