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  1. Celebrate National Heart Month

    February is National Heart Month and there's no better way to celebrate than by grabbing a handful of your favorite nutty mix! When you incorporate nuts and dried fruit into your diet, you’re doing more than just having a delicious snack—you’re boosting your heart health in a bunch of amazing ways. 

    When you eat nuts as a part of a healthy diet: 

    Your LDL (Bad) cholesterol levels are lowered Your risk of developing blood clots is lowered The lining of your arteries gets healthier You improve your overall health and can lose weight

    Here's where dried fruit comes into play. Both nuts and dried fruit have vitamins and minerals, but when you pair the two together—whoa! You’re looking at one protein-packed, vitamin & mineral-rich super snack. One of our go-to heart-healthy snacks is Cherries Berries & Nuts... continue reading →

  2. 4 Ways to Get Creative with Cherries Berries & Nuts

    We all have our go-to favorites. You know, classic standby foods that you just can't live without. One of ours (and a definite crowd-pleaser) is Roasted + Salted Cherries Berries & Nuts. This mix is salty/sweet heaven, featuring: dried cranberries and cherries with almonds, pecans, and cashews. This month we felt inspired to try using this product in a new way! It's delicious on its own (obviously) and it can make a great topping for salads and oatmeal... but we wanted to step outside of the box a little and try something new. So grab yourself a bag of Cherries Berries & Nuts and get cookin'!

    Chicken Salad ft. Cherries Berries & Nuts

    1. DIY Granola Bars

    Making homemade granola bars is easy and saves you from the processed (and over-sugared) ingredients you might find in a store-bought bar. We like to keep... continue reading →

  3. All About Peanuts -- Nut Blog Series

    The next feature in our nut blog series is not a nut at all, at least botanically speaking! It is a legume that goes by many names...the ground nut, earth nut, ground pea, goober, monkey nut but is most commonly known as...the peanut! 

    History and OriginAll Ferris peanuts are US-grown, though the species isn't native to the continental US. Originally, they hail from South America and made their journey to the states by taking the “scenic route.” Like many plants during the colonialism era, Spanish explorers brought the legume across the ocean and introduced the crop to Europe and Africa. Eventually peanuts made their way from Africa to North America during the Atlantic slave trade. Peanuts began in this country as a crop that was brought by slaves for slaves, but peanuts have since grown into one of... continue reading →

  4. Happy National Walnut Day! Nut Blog Series

    2058-Nut-Blog-Series-Walnuts-Header.png#asset:4814What’s up with walnuts?In honor of National Walnut Day, we are continuing our Nut Blog Series with walnuts! National Walnut Day was created in 1949 by the Walnut Marketing Board to encourage Americans to eat more walnuts. Walnuts are a very versatile nut and can be used in baking, cooking and plant-based milks!

    HistoryThe walnut tree has a rich history with people. Walnuts have been cultivated and consumed by humans for thousands of years, dating back to 7,000 BCE, and have been recognized for their health benefits since then. Today, three quarters of the global supply are produced in California.

    Though we call them “English” walnuts, in actuality they are native to Persia. Walnuts were traded along the silk road and eventually brought to the Americas by English merchant marines. Another varietal, the black walnut, developed differently in the... continue reading →

  5. A Cashew Story - Nut Blog Series

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    A Cashew StoryContinuing on with our Ferris Nut Blog Series, the next nut we are featuring is the cashew. The cashew, a favorite of many, has an exciting and rarely discussed story.

    HistoryThe cashew tree, native to the tropics of Brazil, is classified as a tropical evergreen tree. As a member of the Anacardiaceae family, the cashew’s closest relatives include the mango, poison ivy and sumac. The word cashew is derived from the Tupi word “acajou” which means “nut that produces itself”. This is most likely in reference to the fact that the cashew shaped fruit dangles below the fleshy, squash-shaped stem of the fruit (called the cashew apple). We think it looks like something Dr. Seuss would have illustrated! In the late 1500s, Portuguese colonists brought the cashew tree from Brazil to West Africa and then to India... continue reading →