Wednesday, 19 December 2018
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Different nut varieties available in Israel

Hebrew words with English and transliterations

Hebrew:  סוגים שונים של בוטנים ואגוזים

 

Israelis love to munch on "pitzuchim" - a collective term referring to snack foods.  Pitzuchim include varieties of nuts and seeds - things that you can usually crack open between your teeth.  On the Jewish festival of Tu B'Shevat it is traditional to eat dried fruit and nuts.  Tu B'Shevat is an acronym for the 15th day of the month of Shevat in the Hebrew calendar.

Here is a Hebrew English list of nut varieties that you'll find easily in your local shuk (produce market) or supermarket in Israel.

 

  Variety Transliteration Hebrew
Extra Information & Nutritional Value
almonds Almonds Shkeidim  שקדים Almonds are an incredible source of minerals such as manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.
 brazil nuts egozay brazilayi Brazil nut Egoz Brazilayi  אגוז ברזילאי Popular ingredient in the preparation of gluten-free food.  Excellent source of selenium.
 cashew קשיו Cashew nut Kashew  קשיו Rich in essential fatty acids & help to lower harmful LDL-cholesterol while increasing good HDL cholesterol.
 egozei luz Hazel nut Egoz Ilsar/Egozei Luz אגוז אלסר / אגוזי לוז Hazel nut oil is used in cooking and as a base oil for massage therapy and aromatherapy.
 egoz macadamia Macadamia nut Egoz Makademia אגוז מקדמיה Since macadamia is free from gluten, it is one of the popular ingredients in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas.  Difficult to crack though.
 peanuts botnim Peanuts Botnim בוטנים Peanuts contain more protein than any other nut.
 pecan nuts Pecan nuts Egoz Pekan אגוז פקאן Pecans are rich sources of several B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates.
 pecans Pecans (caramelized) Pekan Sini פקאן סיני Number one ingredient in your pecan pie!
 pine nuts tznobar Pine nuts Egoz Tznobar אגוז צנובר Pines nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E and contain about 9.33 mg per 100 g (about 62% of RDA)
 pistachio fistuk Pistachio nut Fistuk פסתק Pistachios are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and are an excellent source of antioxidants.
 walnuts egoz melech Walnut Egoz Melech אֱגוֹז מֶלֶך Walnuts are known to have cancer fighting properties.

 

 

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