For me Pistachios by far. If I didn’t have to shell them I could possibly eat half of a 5 lb. bag by myself. Honorable mention: Cashews and Walnuts. I wish a Sams Club was close by. They always had the huge bags of Pistachios really cheap.
Moderators. I couldn’t decide if this would be better in Cafe Society or here. It’s kind of a poll I guess. But I just wanted to talk about the love for all things nutty.
Pecans. I’ve always loved pecans: as a child, I envied grownups the hand size and strength required to crack pecans by squeezing two together in one hand, while I had to use those nutcracker pliers and risk crushing the meat. I’ve been an adult a long time now and I still prefer to crack them by hand, even with no little kids around to impress.
I will usually go for the cashews first, even though I am in the South, and the pecan is the Texas state tree. I love to get a big container of deluxe mixed nuts and go crazy. I regret that I’ve never found pistachios in such a container. However, I have found shelled pistachios for sale here and there, which I prefer very much to the unshelled sort. I want my nuts roasted and salted, please.
I also love pumpkin seeds and sunflower kernels. I really don’t like to have to crack shells with my teeth, not after all the dental work I’ve gone through.