I’m ranking them for snacking, but you can rank them however you want, and you can include any nuts you want:
Pistachios – the king of snacking nuts, IMO. The most flavorful and unusual.
Almonds – the best texture by far, IMO – very very crunchy, paired with a nice (if low-key) flavor.
Peanuts and cashews – versatile and pleasant, but nothing exciting.
Brazilnuts – not much flavor, to me.
Pecans – not my favorite for snacking, but wonderful in pastries and pies.
Walnuts – too bitter. I don’t like them at all.
Honey roasted cashews, then honey roasted peanuts, then pistachios (they lose points because I’m lazy and don’t like taking them out of the shells, at least they seem to have stopped making them red).
Kashews are King!!
Almonds (raw, unsalted) are wonderful.
The rest are kind of blah.
(Peanuts are not nuts…)
Salted in the shell peanuts
dry roasted peanuts
honey roasted peanuts
hazelnuts (or filberts)
all those other blah nuts like almonds, Brazil nuts, and boiled peanuts
Boo. Booooo! Peanuts are nuts for the purposes of this thread (and for about 99% of conversations in English about nuts and peanuts).
From my favorite to least, in eating out of hand, salted, not as an ingredient (hazelnut would be much higher in that case.)
Hazelnut (love them , but not so much on their own)
Almonds, plain or flavored
Walnuts, either in cookies or mixed with sweet raisins
Cashews in moderation, same with macadamias
The rest of the can.
That is the thing about cashews–moderation. I don’t know if they’re more caloric than other nuts or what, but they feel quite rich and a little do go a long way.
Neither are cashews.
Filberts/Hazelnuts (same thing)
Walnuts (when used for baking)
Walnuts are my favorite
Filbert’s are my least favorite
Brazil nuts would rank higher if they weren’t so hard to shell. They often stick to the shell and come out in pieces.
Waaaaaaay down the list are walnuts. Don’t care for any other nuts, other than pecans, and those only in candy or pie.
Cashews - I could make a meal out of them
Pistachios - great for snacking
Peanuts in any form except boiled
Hazelnuts - best nut to go with chocolate
Almonds - too hard to eat whole but very tasty
Pecans - delicious, as long as they’re in the form of a praline
Walnuts - okay for baking, kind of icky by themselves
Macadamia - I’ve only ever tasted these in white chocolate chip cookies. Blecccccch
Brazil nuts- No discernible taste
To me, freshly roasted peanuts in the shell are irresistible - so much so that I avoid buying them because of what they do to my waistline. The problem with peanuts of all types is that they go stale pretty quickly. Stale peanuts are very resistible.
The rest of the list, in my order of preference from most to least favorite:
pistachios (which go stale even faster than peanuts)
I do think pecans and walnuts are excellent as ingredients. Pecan pie is great, and chopped toasted pecans are good in salads. Walnuts are delicious in baked goods. They’re just not my favorites for eating out of hand.
Macadamias at the top! Yums! Then cashews, then almonds, then walnuts.
And salted! Nice and heavily salted! (Yes, that was me in that Star Trek episode…)
Previous thread (which itself links to a previous thread).
I’ve reordered my list a bit since then:
- Pecan (in a pie)
- Brazil nut
- Pecan (not in a pie)
The pecan is the ultimate nut. Only a yella bellied YANKEE would think otherwise.
Then cashew, pistachio, hazelnut, almond, peanut, walnut
Most “nuts” aren’t really nuts in the botanical sense. Peanuts are legumes, almonds are drupes, cashews are just plain weird, walnuts and pistachios are some other sort of thing I can’t remember, and so on. But when we’re eating them, nobody actually cares about details like that.
Personally, I’d put pistachios and cashews in the first two spots. I think I’d rank pistachios slightly higher, but that could change with my mood. And peanuts are certainly in a good position for goodness per price.
Strange. I’m the other way around. Give me a jar of shelled pecans, and I will eat them all day long. Bake them in something, and I’m not interested.
For me, the ranking is
- Everything else