Donald Pszczola

Donald E. Pszczola

Understanding the broad diversity of nuts can make a person confused or—dare I say—even a little nutty. This is because nuts belong to many different plant families with many different forms and characteristics from many different origins around the globe. If one attempted to do a family tree for nuts, one would find many distant cousins, to say the least.

Nuts make up a very diverse group, but whatever their type, they offer functional advantages in a variety of applications and, as studies are now increasingly showing, nutraceutical benefits as well. Photo courtesy of International Tree Nut CouncilLet’s look at a few examples of this diverse group. The most obvious one is the peanut—which isn’t even a nut, but a legume that grows undergr…

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Food Technology magazine Senior Editor and key member of the Food Technology editorial staff for 26 years.
Donald Pszczola