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Pleeease stop buying so many almonds and almond products!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I suspect this got some people's attention. After all almonds are the go-to food for low-carb and paleo people, often replacing dairy products, peanut butter, flour etc.

There is nothing wrong with almonds, except there are so many other types of nuts, all of which can be used in similar ways as almonds and some are no more expensive.
This is all about demand and supply. As the demand for almonds goes through the roof the price will continue to increase for a while, as it takes several years to grow almond trees to meet the increasing demand.

So check out walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts (filberts), coconut, pecans, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp or brazil nuts. They all have slightly different nutrient profiles, depending in part on what soil they were grown.
If you have enough yard space plant some nut trees. Walnuts and filberts grow even fairly far north.
As the paleo style of eating increases rapidly in popularity because of it's many health benefits the demand for non-grain and non-legume flours will rise further.
Try to support local growers of nut crops if possible.

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  • PDQ1203
    1502 days ago
    Trader Joe's has decent prices on a variety of nuts.
    1515 days ago
    I read this earlier in the week and have given it a lot of thought. If we stop buying individually, nothing will change - supply and demand dictate market trends - a disease in the product would kill the market because it killed the demand. How long before this becomes a GMO????

    Peanuts are not nuts, by the way, they are a legume - like a chickpea or black bean .... yet we treat them as nuts ...

    Almonds are beneficial for heart and bone health, same with walnuts - the omegas that those ilergic to fish can get by having the almonds and walnuts - flax seed is also a good source of omega too.

    Our food chain is certainly changing .... cheers
    1515 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    Or, as some of have done, you can just be nuts, yourself! emoticon

    Lee emoticon
    1518 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/26/2013 1:11:13 AM
    Chestnuts! Yummy! I wonder if you can eat those raw?
    1518 days ago
    Great reminder :)
    1518 days ago
    We have a chestnut tree and we try to get to the nuts before the squirrels do. They are winning!
    1518 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I just came home with a bag of sunflower kernels. I love them on a salad or for my diabetic protein go-to snack at night. I refuse to pay the inflated price of anything when it gets popular. When retailers get nervous about losing their whole shipment to no-sales, they WILL drop the price. Wait them out and go to an alternative for ANYTIHING!!
    1519 days ago
    Wish I could grow macadamia nuts! $11+ a pound right now!!! Love most nuts! Eat walnuts occaisionally, but the leave a not quite metallic taste in my mouth.
    1519 days ago
    I love nuts - it's a pity they're all so pricey emoticon When I do buy nuts I get a mixed selection emoticon
    1519 days ago
    I go nuts for nuts.
    All of them.
    1519 days ago
    oooooo, i want to plant a hazelnut tree.
    1519 days ago
    emoticon Very Excellent Advice!!
    1519 days ago
  • LOSER05
    1519 days ago
    I love nuts and seeds!!!
    1519 days ago
    thanks for the suggestion
    1519 days ago
    I conveniently forget that ANY nut exists when I'm hungry...I'm usually halfway through a quick fix before thinking, CRAP, why didn't I just get some nuts? Thanks for the reminder!
    1519 days ago
    you made me laugh. emoticon
    I can be a cheap skate alright, but my favorite nuts right now are Macadamias, unfortunately very expensive where I live. But I have planted some Filbert nut trees last year.
    And for me nothing beats coconut in any form.
    1519 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/25/2013 11:46:37 PM
    I tune into your blog expecting some poorly informed rant about almonds being GMO. Instead, I found you attempting to manipulate the market so your cost would go down.


    1519 days ago
    Good to know. I so love my almonds and just picked up a bag of unsalted almonds today at Sam's club, but noticed a new supply of them salted. For the same reason I try to lessen my consumption of over-fished fish, I will try to lessen my almond intake. Thanks!
    1519 days ago
    I've eaten so many almonds over the years that now I don't care for them much. Pecans are my nuts of choice.
    1519 days ago
  • JLKL1980
    Birgit - I'm glad you wrote this blog - I had no idea there was a possible low supply. I switch between walnuts and almonds. I'm sensitive to pecans now. I'll have to research on what nut trees grow best in Missouri and have hubby plant one.
    1520 days ago
    And pine nuts! I have ALL kinds of nuts. And have been using more coconut flour than almond! emoticon
    1520 days ago
    nuts in general are very very pricey. i used to buy almonds - whole raw and unsalted - but now they have increased in price. i used to love cashews - forget them too.
    so now i buy the cheaper regular peanuts in the shell. they have no salt - i have to fight to get them out of the shell which means i eat less - and i have to vacuum every time i use them cause they make such a mess.
    all in all - it turns out better for me, my weight and a little added activity.
    1520 days ago
    When my husband and I were first married, we bought a house with 3 large, mature pecan trees. I loved the pecans, but the trees...oh my! Pecan trees are notoriously brittle and smaller branches fall off all the time. My husband is a pack rat so I could never park in the garage. When I went to trade in my car, I had so many dings from pecans hitting the car that they thought it was hail damage.

    My favorite story about my pecan trees is there was a man in our neighborhood who came by every morning at 7:30 and took whatever pecans he could find. He took so many that we had to fuss and ask him to leave some for us (as a peace offering, he brought us back a coffee can full of nuts he had shelled already). One year, another neighbor said "You are gonna have LOTS of pecans this year!" I asked why, thinking he would tell me something about the climate, rainfall, etc. He said "Old Mr. So-and-so died so he won't be taking all your pecans!"
    1520 days ago
    Good job Birgit- There are so many nuts out there, why not expand our palets a bit? Add variety and support more than just the almond growers. Pecans crushed up are really good coating halibut. I love walnuts (and pecans) in chicken salad. I bet hazelnuts would be good on teh pound cake I"ve been feasting on of late.
    1520 days ago
  • GLC2009
    i remember walnuts being inexpensive until reports started coming out about their health benefits, then the price started increasing dramatically.
    i'm not crazy about almonds. but i do love almond milk. i don't think i can stop drinking that. there's really no substitute for it. but, i am one person and i certainly don't drink that much to change the world economy.
    we have black walnut trees and i have a huge bag of them that i have to try and figure out how to open up and get to the meat. that should be interesting.
    1520 days ago
    Unfortunately, the way modern economics works, even when the supply keeps up the price will continue to increase if there is any consumer perception of value.

    Look at oil. Demand drops, supply increases, production costs lessen and the result? Higher gas prices. Commodities speculators probably have more to do with the cost of goods than consumers do.

    Maybe we should promote almonds as a "gateway" nut - try them and before you know it you're sampling all kinds of exotic varieties!
    1520 days ago
    I also buy walnuts - because I'm less likely to over indulge on walnuts. I still buy almonds too. Pumpkin seeds and pistachios are stock items in my cupboard.

    I also buy almonds from the grocery when they are BOGO. That's when I really stock up!
    1520 days ago
    I love most nuts and buy them probably more often than almonds. Almonds may be my least favorite, because they seem a bit dry and chalky to me. Unfortunately, they're the primary constituent (other than peanuts) in many nut combos!

    Cashews, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, and sunflower "nuts" are way higher on my list of desirables than almonds. I make my own nut mix from bins in stores which carry them that way. Much better, IMO!
    1520 days ago
    emoticon But I like my Almonds for breakfast, and salads, and snacking.

    We do buy other nuts also. But really we just like almonds in so many things.

    1520 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    I know it is an all or nothing society we live in.
    I love walnuts, pecans and of course the seeds, like chia, sunflower, sesame and my good old flax. I absolutely am in love with coconut products! They are my number one in almost anything. Finally have my daughter hooked on manna.

    The almond milk is another very popular product.
    Raw milk when we can find it, but again coconut milks are very nice too.
    1520 days ago
    Good Blog - and very economics savvy. I have been trying to grow walnut and pecan trees for years. It's very difficult - this year I planted 4 pecans and maybe one of them will survive the winter. And it's been a great year for growing trees in my part of the Midwest. I'm grateful for the many small farmers with mature trees who sell their products at the farmer's markets here and around.

    Thanks for posting!
    1520 days ago
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