FAQ

Welcome to Nutsite.com, a division of Western Mixers Produce & Nuts, Inc., home of the Treasured Harvest® and Tesoro de la Cosecha® brands and Pistachio Pete®.Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, for over 50 years we have been providing our customers with the finest Nuts, Dried Fruits and Chocolates.

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

Nuts in their pure form are gluten-free. Peanuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, walnuts, pine nuts, pistachios, cashews, Brazil nuts and all other natural nuts are gluten-free. Sesame seeds and sunflower seeds are also gluten-free. The thing you have to watch out for with nuts is packaged nuts that have flavors added.

How can nuts help with weight management?

As long as you can restrain yourself, nuts and seeds can indeed be fat-fighters and help with weight loss. The protein, fiber and fat in nuts satisfy hunger and reduce appetite. By taking the place of more traditional protein sources, nuts and seeds can actually reduce the saturated fat and calories in your overall diet.  As with all foods, eating in moderation is they key.

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

Store shelled nuts at room temperature for up to three months. Store shelled or unshelled nuts in the refrigerator for up to six months, or in the freezer for a year or more. Label your packages of nuts with the date that they were put into storage, so you know which ones to use first.  Be sure you always store them in he refrigerator or freezer in air-tight containers for optimum freshness.

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 underground.  In fact Peanuts are not actually nuts at all, they are a type of bean.

How many nuts equal 30g or a handful?

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

  • 20 Almonds
  • 10 Brazil Nuts
  • 15 Cashews
  • 4 Chestnuts
  • 20 Hazelnuts (Filberts)
  • 15 Macadamia Nuts
  • 15 Pecans
  • 60 Pistachios
  • 10 Whole Walnuts or 20 Halves
  • 2 Tablespoons Pine Nuts (Pignolias)
  • Small Handful of 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.

What does In Shell vs. Shelled mean when it comes to nuts?

In Shell Nuts means the kernel of the nut is still inside the outer shell.  The nut needs to be cracked open in order for you to consume it.

Shelled Nuts means the outer shell has been removed and the nuts are ready to eat.

What is Dry In Shell vs Wet In Shell?

“Dry In Shell” (DIS) nuts start out the same as 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.

“Wet In Shell” (WIS) means that the nuts are very fresh.  The fresher the nut, the higher the moisture content of the kernel.

Which nuts are highest in monounsaturated fat?

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

Why are Cashews 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.

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.

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 Nutsite.com/Treasured Harvest/Western Mixers produce & Nuts, Inc. We follow excellent manufacturing practices throughout our supply chain to minimize or eliminate any contamination.

What types of chemicals are on the California 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.

What are your Shipping Rates/Charges?

Shipping Rates / Charges are determined by UPS WorldShip. (United Parcel Service)  Charges are based on total weight of order, determines which boxes must ship individually, as well as, delivery address, city, state and zip code.

WILL CALL PICK UP may be selected as your delivery option if you are located local to our warehouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Can I get a Shipping Estimate on my order?

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 your enter your full shipping address, city and zip code.

UPS does not ship to PO Box address.  We must have a physical street address for shipping.

Can you ship to a PO Box?

No, unfortunately UPS (United Parcel Service) does not ship to PO Boxes.  Nor do we ship outside of the continental USA.

Are your In Shell Nuts Organic?

No, our In Shell Nuts are not Organic.