Q.: I’m confused about the term “raw” as it pertains to nuts — raw cashews, raw pecans, raw almonds, etc.
I understand that the roasted nuts are not raw, but how do I know if other nuts I purchase at the grocery store are raw if the packaging doesn’t say? Also, how about peanuts? It’s my understanding that peanuts are boiled, meaning they are not raw, yet I have seen recipes that call for raw peanuts.
This is the time of year that my nut usage increases dramatically. I’d like to be prepared.
— L.H., Cuyahoga Falls
A.: Raw nuts are exactly what they seem to be, nuts that have been harvested but not cooked in any way. They are safe for eating and baking when raw, but many folks prefer their nuts roasted for eating out of hand as they are often tastier and have been salted.
In general, the label should indicate if a nut has been cooked in any way, for example, boiled peanuts, roasted cashews, etc. Otherwise, you can assume it is raw.
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