Food & dining

So how many calories did that handful of nuts just cost you?

All calories are for ¼ cup of nuts. The number in parentheses is the number of nuts per ¼ cup.

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  • (whole); 207 (29 nuts). California supplies 80 percent of the world’s almonds, according to the Almond Board of California.

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Brazil nuts

  • (whole, dried); 218 (7 nuts). Known for their high levels of selenium, most Brazil nuts are harvested in the wild from the towering South American trees of the same name.

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  • (whole, oil roasted, without salt); 187 (20). Denizen of curries and stir-fries, cashews also make a delicious nut butter.

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  • (whole); 212 (25). Also known as filberts, hazels, and cobnuts, they pair well with chocolate.

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  • (whole or halves, raw); 241 (13). Rich buttery macadamias are a fixture in cookies and brownies but work well in savory dishes too.

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  • (oil roasted, with salt); 216 (40). Peanuts grow underground and are legumes, not tree nuts like the others mentioned here.

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  • (halves); 171 (17). Rich pecans are favorites in pies and candied with a sugar coating, and not typically eaten out of hand.

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Pine nuts

  • (dried); 227 (199). Also known as pinons and pignoli, they are found in pine cones.

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  • (raw); 173 (53). With a delicate flavor and bright green color, pistachios are a favorite of chefs who add them to terrines, panna cotta, and more.

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  • (halves); 164 (12). A bag of in-shell walnuts and a few nutcrackers can make quick work of a rainy afternoon for both kids and adults.

  • Valerie Ryan. Source for calories and number of nuts: USDA NAtional Nutrient Database For Standard Reference

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