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FAQ overview


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Are Beans high in protein?

Beans are not only high in protein, but they virtually have no fat and contain more fiber than most whole grain foods.  New U.S. dietary guidelines say that “diets including beans may reduce your risk of heart disease and certain cancers”.  The USDA recommends that adults eat more than three cups of beans each week for maximum health benefits.

Are Beans really healthy for you?

Yes!  Beans are one of nature’s healthiest foods.  They are naturally low in total fat, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and provide important nutrients, such as: fiber, protein, calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium.

Are nuts gluten free / can people with Coeliac Disease eat nuts?

All nuts are gluten free, so people with Coeliac Disease can eat and enjoy them.  In fact, many gluten-free recipes make use of ground nuts instead of flour.

Are Peanuts a good source of energy?

Yes, Peanuts are rich in energy, mono-unsaturated fatty acids and a good source of dietary protein. In fact, they provide more protein per serving than any other nut.  7 grams per serving (30g).

Do Peanuts grow on trees?

No, peanuts do not grow on trees like most other nuts.  Peanuts grow under the ground! In fact, peanuts are not nuts at all, they are a type of bean.

How can nuts help with weight management?

There are many ways nuts can help with weight management. The protein, fibre and fat in nuts satisfy hunger and reduce appetite. Foods with healthy fats in them, help you feel fuller longer.

How long can I store nuts and still maintain their freshness?

Nuts can be refrigerated for up to 4 months and frozen for up to 6 months. Some nuts can be stored longer, 6 months in refrigeration and up to 1 year if frozen, and will still maintain their freshness.  Return nuts to room temperature prior to serving or eating.

How many calories are in a Cashew Nut?

There are approximately 8 calories per Dry Roasted Cashew, approximately 9 calories in an Oil Roasted Cashew and approximately 8 calories in a Raw Cashew.

How many nuts equal 30g or a handful?

The following quantities are estimates and vary based on the individual size of each nut.

  • 20 Almonds
  • 10 Brazil Nuts
  • 15 Cashews
  •  4 Chestnuts
  • 20 Hazelnuts (Filberts)
  • 15 Macadamias
  • 15 Pecans
  • 60 Pistachios
  • 10 Whole Walnuts or 20 Halves
  •  2 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
  • Small Handful – Mixed Nuts
How many nuts should I eat?

Research indicates that 30g or a handful of nuts at least 5 times a week, as a part of a heart-healthy diet, can help reduce your risk of heart disease by 30 – 50%.

Is there an easy way to crack Brazil nuts?

Absolutely!  To get a whole kernel from an In Shell Brazil nut, freeze the nuts approximately 24 hours prior to cracking.  Frozen Brazil nuts will shed their shell much easier if cracked while frozen.

Is there butter in Peanut Butter?

No, despite what the name might suggest, there is no butter at all in peanut butter.

July 2013 - Pistachio Recall - Is current inventory subject to the recent Pistachio Recall?

NO, all current inventory of our Pistachio Product(s) is NOT subject or part of the recent ARO/Treasured Harvest Recall.  For further inquires or questions of concern, please feel free to contact us at or

What about California Proposition 65?

In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 800 chemicals since it was first published in 1987.

Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or workplaces, or that are released into the environment. By providing this information, Proposition 65 enables Californians to make informed decisions about protecting themselves from exposure to these chemicals. Proposition 65 also prohibits California businesses from knowingly discharging significant amounts of listed chemicals into sources of drinking water.

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program. OEHHA, which is part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), also evaluates all currently available scientific information on substances considered for placement on the Proposition 65 list.


  • Trace amounts of lead, cadmium and other metals and chemicals listed under California’s Proposition 65 may be found in some of even the most carefully selected and sourced ingredients contained in our products. Lead, as an example, is a naturally occurring element that is found throughout the entire environment, including in soils where it can be taken up by natural plants and herbs all over the world. None of these elements are added by farmers or by Harvest/Western Mixers produce & Nuts, Inc. We follow excellent manufacturing practices throughout our supply chain to minimize or eliminate any contamination.


What are your Shipping Rates/Charges?

Shipping Rates / Charges are determined by UPS WorldShip (United Parcel Service).  

Charges are based on total weight of your order, along with Delivery Address, City and Zip Code.  

Western Mixers DOES NOT control UPS Rates, NOR do we impose an upcharge or handling fee on top of the shipping charges.   WILL CALL PICK UP may be selected for local orders and pick up at our facility in Los Angeles, CA.

You may obtain a shipping "estimate" by placing your item(s) in a "shopping cart", entering your zip code, and UPS will provide an "estimate" of your shipping charges.  Final shipping charges will be determined once you enter your full shipping address, zity and zip code, along with the final and total weight of your order.

What does “dry in shell” (DIS) mean?

“Dry in shell” nuts start out the same as the wet in shell, but after drying naturally they are low-heat dried for 24 – 28 hours.  This process reduces the moisture content of the kernel, thereby shrinking it, allowing the kernel to separate from the shell.

What does “wet in shell” (WIS) mean?

“Wet in shell” means that the nuts are very fresh. The fresher the nut, the higher the moisture content of the kernel.

What is a Peanut?

Despite their name, peanuts belong to the legume family, along with peas, beans and lentils.

What is the best way to store nuts?

To keep nuts in the best condition, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.  Return nuts to room temperature prior to serving or eating.

What types of chemicals are on the Proposition 65 list?

The list contains a wide range of naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. These chemicals include additives or ingredients in pesticides, common household products, food, drugs, dyes, or solvents. Listed chemicals may also be used in manufacturing and construction, or they may be byproducts of chemical processes, such as motor vehicle exhaust.

Which nuts are highest in monounsaturated fat?

The nuts that are highest in monounsaturated fat are: Almonds, Brazils, Filberts (Hazelnuts), Macadamias, Pecans, Pistachios and Walnuts.

Why are Cashew nuts only sold already shelled?

Cashew nuts are only sold, already shelled, because the inside of a cashew shell contains cashew balm, which is a caustic resin used to make insecticides and varnishes, and not for human consumption.

Why are some nuts referred to by size or count?

Some nuts are referred to by size or count. For example: 18-20 Pistachios, 21-25 Pistachios, 240 Cashews, 320 Cashews, etc… This refers to the number of nuts per ounce or per pound.  The higher the number, the smaller the nut.

Why do some recipes call for nuts to be heated prior to use?

Heating nuts prior to use releases aromas that increase the nut flavor. Briefly warming nuts in the oven before adding them to batters will also help prevent them from sinking to the bottom.  Be careful not to heat or toast for too long or it will cause the nuts to taste bitter or burnt.