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Mixed Nuts

Go nuts with mixed nuts! Mixed nuts consist of any combined nuts that are mechanically or manually mixed.

The US Food and Drug Administration has its own regulations when it comes to mixed nuts. They defined which types of nuts could be used, such as “almonds, black walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, walnuts, filberts, pecans, and other suitable kinds of tree nuts,” as well as “peanuts of the Spanish, Valencia, Virginia, or similar varieties, or any combination of two or more such varieties.” They also issued regulations in the weight percentages of each kind of nut the mixture contains: “each such kind of nut ingredient when used shall be present in a quantity not less than 2 percent and not more than 80 percent by weight of the finished food.”

While many are not into eating nuts as these can be highly allergenic or people are afraid of its high fat and high-calorie content, nuts are also one of the most nutrient-loaded foods. These are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and good for the heart. Nuts also help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and may help in weight loss.

Mixed Nut Trivia

  • There is actually a Science principle why Brazil nuts or the larger types of nuts are often seen on top after opening a can of mixed nuts. This is actually called as the Brazil Nut Effect or the Granular Convection (granular segregation) phenomenon. When opening a container of granular materials, the larger grains push up while the smaller grains drift down to the bottom. They also call it the muesli effect, pertaining to breakfast cereal.
  • Peanuts, which is one of the main and usual components of mixed nuts are actually not nuts! They are legumes like dry beans, dry peas, and lentils.
  • Why are cashews sold out of its shell? Because their shells are actually toxic and from the same plant family as poison ivy. The itchy oil or component of cashews is contained in its shell which may cause a skin reaction to people.
  • Filberts are also called hazelnuts. Hazelnuts are declared as the official state nut of Oregon.

Mixed Nut Buying Guide

Commercially made and gourmet mixed nuts are both available in the market. Others even add dried fruits, granola, or even chocolates, producing trail mixes. The mixed nuts can also be classified as deluxe or a fancier mix, depending on the kinds of nuts that it contains.

Mixed Nut Production & Farming in Texas

Texas has its own local mixed nut producers and they often sell their goods online or through farmers markets. They make their own gourmet mix with interesting and appetizing flavors and market them as convenient and tasty on-the-go snacks and energizers.

Preservatives, Additives, and Chemicals:

Mixed nuts rarely have additives or preservatives as these are just different types of nuts that were combined. This is also a great go-to option if you are looking for a filling, healthier and nutrient-loaded snack alternative.


Commercially made mixed nuts are often sold in airtight, resealable canisters or in sealed plastic pouches. Some, however, are packed in reusable jars and bottles, which is the more environmentally friendly option.

Enjoying Mixed Nuts

Mixed nuts can be prepared and eaten in several ways: they can be eaten on their own, plain, salted or spiced.  These can also be cooked, roasted or blanched and mixed with other flavors and other ingredients. They can also be used in other yummy concoctions such as pie fillings and toppings, tarts, and more!


Nuts must be packed in airtight containers and with an odor-tight seal. Odors can seep through the containers and contaminate the flavor of the nuts. These can last for about two to four months, especially if they are placed in a dark, cool place. It is said that nuts go stale faster if put in an exposed area. The shelf life of nuts can be extended to one year or even three years if stored in the fridge or the freezer.



  • Serving Size: 1 Serving
  • Calories: varies
  • Carbs: varies
  • Sugar: varies
  • Fiber: varies
  • Protein: varies
  • Fat: varies
  • Saturated Fat: varies

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