A hearty and crunchy snack, nuts are convenient treats that can be enjoyed any time. Depending on the variety, nuts and seeds also add a substantial heartiness to homemade bread, crackers, and granola. Nuts can also be ground finely with other spices and seasonings and made into a spread or sauce with a smooth and creamy consistency.
Italian Nuts and Chestnuts
Supermarket Italy features a selection of Italian nuts. Pine nuts have a tender texture and earthy flavor and are key to making pesto with basil, pine nuts, and extra virgin olive oil. Use pine nut pesto as a pasta or pizza sauce, or spread it onto toast points for a crowd-pleasing appetizer. For even more of a crunch, Italian raw almonds have a mild, nutty flavor that makes a satisfying snack. They can also be chopped and incorporated into sweet pastries or used as a crunchy topping for salads.
Italian chestnuts are a special category all their own. Sweet and crunchy, these nuts are a popular holiday tradition and incorporated into many Italian dishes such as desserts, pasta and meat stuffing. Enjoy already peeled Italian roasted chestnuts, or for a special Italian-style treat, indulge candied chestnuts by La Florentine Marrons Glaces.
Other Kinds of Nuts and Seeds
Along with a selection of Italian nuts, Supermarket Italy also features specialties from other countries such as Spanish Marcona almonds. Seasoned with different flavors, these fried almonds from Spain are available in lightly salted, rosemary, and hot paprika varieties. For those who love the combination of sweet and salty, candied pecans and chocolate covered cashews are popular tapas treats.