everyone knows that nuts make a delicious snack and a tasty addition to a host of recipes.
But beyond the distinctive flavor and satisfying crunch, nuts offer a wide range of nutritional and health benefits, making them a valuable addition to most diets. A great way to incorporate nuts into your diet is through MaraNatha® nut butters, which are available in an assortment of mouthwatering varieties. We offer organic almond butters, cashew butters, and of course the ever-popular natural and organic peanut butter. Spreadable, blendable, wholesome and delicious, our high-quality nut butters are a smart and simple way to boost the flavor and nutritional content.
almonds have been cultivated for thousands of years, and early references to them include a passage from the Bible dating to 1400 B.C. Over the centuries, almonds have been enjoyed as a delicacy, revered as a fertility charm, and traded along the ancient Silk Road between the Mediterranean region and China. In the mid-1700's almonds made the journey from Spain to California, where they eventually became a vital industry.
Though classified as nuts, cashews are actually the shelled seeds borne by the cashew apple, which is the fruit of the cashew tree. Native to Brazil, cashew trees were brought by the Portuguese to India and East Africa in the late 1500s. Well suited to the tropical climates in these regions, cashew trees quickly became an important crop for their delicious fruit, precious wood and other byproducts, including cashew balm.
Evidence suggests that peanuts were cultivated as long ago as 950 BC by the Incas, who ground them into an edible paste, and even buried them with their dead in the belief that the spirits of their loved ones needed food in the afterlife. From South America the peanut migrated to Africa, on to Spain, and eventually to the American colonies where it rapidly became an important crop in the warm climates of the South.