Edible and poisonous nuts

Nuts and fruits are the primary source of natural human food in the field. In the temperate zone, the fruits appear in mid-summer, and nuts in late summer and fall. Most wild fruits are difficult to store. Some of them can be dried, from some to prepare jams or other preserves. Remember to pick wild fruit or nuts, that birds and mammals also eat them. This is especially true of nuts, from which animals stock up for the winter. Under no circumstances should you eat fruit and nuts that are overripe or rotten, as they can cause serious discomfort.

EDIBLE NUTS

Nuts are a rich source of protein and fat. Some of them are especially rich in fat, such as, for example, from beech nuts, you can extract the oil and use it later for cooking or frying. To do this, the nuts must be simmered in water for a long time, then collect the fat.
Nuts can be ground into flour. They are easy to store. They are perfect as high-calorie provisions for the road.

Walnut (Juglansregia)
It grows in a temperate climate. This tree has a distinctive character, lumpy bark. The nuts are surrounded by green, a leathery cover, which dries and cracks. Walnut seeds are a rich source of calories.

Hazelnut
It is the fruit of the fCorylusj hazel, a tree or a tall shrub growing in countries with a temperate climate. This plant has ovate or round leaves, serrated, stamen inflorescences collected in long brown-yellow cats. Leafy shells have a shaggy shell.

Pistachio (Pistacia)
It grows in Europe, Asia and Australia. Fruit seeds – pistachio nuts, you can eat raw or roasted.

Edible chestnut (Castanea sativa)
It grows in Mediterranean countries, it has lanceolate leaves with serrated edges and fruit (nuts), called chestnuts, po 2-3 in a spherical bowl with spikes. Before eating, the chestnuts must be peeled, and then boil it and mash it, be bake over the fire.

Nuts of the variety of hazel, The hickory common in humid areas throughout North America contains more fat than any other nut, fruits or vegetables. Macadamia nuts from Australia can also be eaten, although raw, they are not very tasty and are best eaten roasted.

POISONOUS NUTS

Always make sure before eating a nut, is it not poisonous, using for example a taste test. Except for poisonous nuts, which are relatively few, there are also such, which cannot be eaten raw. Also, you should always avoid eating rotten or rotten nuts
moldy. If any of the nuts have a sweet, almond-like odor, don't eat it, because it may contain highly poisonous prussic acid.

Cashew (Anacardium)
The nuts of this plant are poisonous, when we eat them raw. They are only eatable after carefully peeling and cooking. You have to be very careful when cooking them, as the steam released from them can cause blindness. Cashew grows in warm countries.

Chestnut tree (Aesculus)
It grows in the temperate zone, has big, palm leaves, bright flowers in conical panicles developing from sticky buds. Some varieties of horse chestnut can reach 30 m in height. The bolls are less spiky than the chestnut bolls, and the seeds in them, popularly known as chestnuts, much larger than chestnuts.

Almond seeds (Primus amygdalus), that is, almonds, although edible, they may contain prussic acid and have a bitter taste. Acorns that are oak fruit (Quercus) are also edible. Before eating, however, they must be soaked for several hours in cold water, and then roast on the fire, then they will lose their bitter taste.