Nuts and seeds are so readily available at grocery stores that we may not think of them as being seasonal. But at the Hollywood Farmers' Market, where shopping is guided by the rhythm of the seasons, autumn is clearly the time for walnuts, sunflower seeds, and macadamia nuts.
In-shell and shelled walnuts may be found at a few stands across the Hollywood Farmers' Market. Choose in-shell nuts that are free of cracks or holes and store them in a cool, dry place for up to three months. Shelled walnuts will last for up to six months in the refrigerator or a year in the freezer.
Although Yingst Ranch is known for their stone fruits and apples, lately they've also had a basket full of whole sunflower heads. The seeds can be enjoyed by people or shared with feathered friends.
These macadamia nuts from Mud Creek Ranch are so lovely in their shells, and we wondered why they aren't more common at farmers' markets. It turns out that macadamias are very difficult to crack. eHow has a few tips.
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(Images: Gregory Han and Emily Ho)