In A Nutshell “家和万事兴”!

I wrote a post on Hidden Pain last year that I have periodontitis. I visited my regular dentist when he asked “Have you been munching on nuts?” and my mind went, “Whoa! Were there nuts lodged in my teeth?

The tooth doctor had spoken, “All other foods dissolve rather quickly but nuts are more stubborn and getting bits of them trapped in between the gum and teeth can cause inflammation. Try to lay off nuts.” Was he nuts???

Anyway, I have been religiously keeping my oral cavity spick and span using the tiny dental brush and floss. I started eating nuts again, with my incisors at first and later with more confidence, my molars. I just couldn’t lay off them.

As mentioned in my previous post “Let’s Do The Twist!“, I brought these berries and nuts to my parents’ house and shared the goodies given to me. I wanted to seek their opinions on the products. My family members were very helpful. I do not think anyone in our household have eaten dried berries and nuts with such scrutiny before, lol…

Click on pictures in galleries below to view in full and for some commentary (all non “stand-alone” pictures are inserted into “galleries”):

家和万事兴!

家和万事兴!

Family is about caring and sharing. It's about sticking up for one another and staying united.<br />家和万事兴 (jia he wan shi xing) means harmony in a family is the most important!<br />A harmonious family will prosper and become wealthy.<br />An old maxim taught: "Father and son in harmony make a family invincible; siblings in harmony keep a family inseparable; neighbours and communities in harmony enjoy no disputes and lawsuits; husband and wife in harmony gain their family true prospect."<br />These are the root of Chinese peace-loving culture and harmony value on the relations between men and nature and human beings themselves.<br />This intricate piece of cross stitching was a gift to my parents by a friend who took 4 months to complete.

Family is about caring and sharing. It’s about sticking up for one another and staying united.
家和万事兴 (jia he wan shi xing) means harmony in a family is the most important!
A harmonious family will prosper and become wealthy.
An old maxim taught: “Father and son in harmony make a family invincible; siblings in harmony keep a family inseparable; neighbours and communities in harmony enjoy no disputes and lawsuits; husband and wife in harmony gain their family true prospect.”
These are the root of Chinese peace-loving culture and harmony value on the relations between men and nature and human beings themselves.
This intricate piece of cross stitching was a gift to my parents by a friend who took 4 months to complete.

Gourmet Nuts Collection. All the nuts in this collection are from Australia.

Gourmet Nuts Collection.
All the nuts in this collection are from Australia.

There were so many flavoured nuts, I invited my fluffy friends over for tea :)

There were so many flavoured nuts, I invited my fluffy friends over for tea 🙂

From far left clockwise:<br />Thai Sweet Chilli Cashews, Tiramisu Almonds, Mexican Salsa Cashew, Cinnamon Almonds, French Vanilla Almond and Canadian Maple Cashews.

From far left clockwise:
Thai Sweet Chilli Cashews, Tiramisu Almonds, Mexican Salsa Cashew, Cinnamon Almonds, French Vanilla Almond and Canadian Maple Cashews.

I am classifying the products into “Gourmet Nuts Collection” and “Original Collection” for ease of writing this product review.

Gourmet Nuts Collection: (6 Flavours – Product origin, Australia)

Cinnamon Almonds:
Ingredients: Almond, Sugar, Cinnamon.
Note: This was the darkest colour of all the nuts given and the deep burnish complexion did not deceive – the spice tasted as strong as they promised. This was the least sweet of all the Gourmet Nuts Collection I received.

French Vanilla Almond:
Ingredients: Almond, Sugar, Natural Vanilla Flavouring.
Note: The sweet perfume of French Vanilla was distinct and pleasurable. It reminded me of a good vanilla pound cake. The positive association ultimately led me to vote this as my favourite of the Gourmet Nuts Collection. Kenneth and Kimmie also liked this.

Tiramisu Almonds:
Ingredients: Almonds, Sugar, Natural Vanilla Flavouring, Natural Tiramisu Flavouring, Coffee Extract.
Note: I was already intrigued and enchanted by the word “Tiramisu” on the package. Unfortunately, this was not as exciting as it sounded. Kimmie liked this flavour.

Canadian Maple Cashews:
Ingredients: Cashew, Sugar, Natural Maple Flavour.
Note: These nuts triggered the feeling of breakfasting in the morning even though I ate them at night. The unmistakeable taste of Canadian Maple made me feel like I was having waffles.

Mexican Salsa Cashew:
Ingredients: Cashew, Sugar, Natural Flavours, Herbs & Spices, Vegetable Powders, Honey.
Note: I could only detect negligible heat and a slight hint of tomato.

Thai Sweet Chilli Cashews:
Ingredients: Cashews, Sugar, Honey, Salt, Chilli, Ginger, Vegetable Powders.
Note: Similar to Thai Sweet Chilli but I would preferred the spiciness to be more enunciated. The outer coating of the nuts were very crunchy.

Original Collection of Dried Berries and Nuts: (5 packets – Product origin, various countries)

Baked Almond. Almonds are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and palmitoleic acids that help to lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increase HDL or "good cholesterol."

Baked Almond.
Almonds are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and palmitoleic acids that help to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increase HDL or “good cholesterol.”

Baked Cashew. Cashew nuts are rich in “heart-friendly” monounsaturated-fatty acids like oleic, and palmitoleic acids.

Baked Cashew.
Cashew nuts are rich in “heart-friendly” monounsaturated-fatty acids like oleic, and palmitoleic acids.

Raw Macadamia. Macadamia is an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Macadamia is gluten-free and therefore a popular for those with wheat gluten allergy and celiac disease. However, they are toxic to dogs so do not give your pet this. I say that cause I have seen dog owners giving nuts to their pets.

Raw Macadamia.
Macadamia is an excellent source of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
Macadamia is gluten-free and therefore a popular for those with wheat gluten allergy and celiac disease.
However, they are toxic to dogs so do not give your pet this.
I say that cause I have seen dog owners giving nuts to their pets.

Berry Mix. Berries are low in calories, high in fiber, and they contain vitamins and minerals your body needs to function normally.

Berry Mix.
Berries are low in calories, high in fiber, and they contain vitamins and minerals your body needs to function normally.

Classic Nut and Berry Mix. This mix contained Walnuts which are rich source of energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Consuming 25g of Walnuts each day provides about 90% of RDI (recommended daily intake) of omega-3 fatty acids. Research studies have suggested that n-3 fatty acids by their virtue of anti-inflammatory action help to lower the risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Classic Nut and Berry Mix.
This mix contained Walnuts which are rich source of energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
Consuming 25g of Walnuts each day provides about 90% of RDI (recommended daily intake) of omega-3 fatty acids. Research studies have suggested that n-3 fatty acids by their virtue of anti-inflammatory action help to lower the risk of blood pressure, coronary artery disease, strokes and breast, colon and prostate cancers.

Garden Picks has a wide variety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds. The company is having "Garden Picks All Year Special: 3 for S$10 only".

Garden Picks has a wide variety of dried fruits, nuts and seeds.
The company is having “Garden Picks All Year Special: 3 for S$10 only”.

The children fancied the Gourmet Nuts Collection while the older folks preferred the Original.

I like the fact that Garden Picks kept the “Original Collection” as natural as they could. The products are very fresh. The berries were naturally sweet (and moist, not overly dried) and the crunchy nuts were unsalted.

In a nutshell: ALL of us loved the Original Collection of Berries and Nuts. As for the Gourmet Nuts Collection, we liked the French Vanilla Almond best.

After having the opportunity to try the quality products from Garden Picks, my family will definitely be taking advantage of their special offer.

Thanks Chris for the berries and nuts 🙂

Garden Picks Food Manufacturing LLP
Address: 8A Admiralty Street,
#06-05, FoodXchange,
Singapore 757437.

Tel: (+65) 66594859

Website: http://www.gardenpicks.com.sg (Garden Picks All Year Special: 3 for S$10 only)

Happy snacking 🙂

Note: Berries and Nuts are rich source of essential minerals and vitamins. A small handful of serving is considered healthy snacking.

P.S. Nutritional information are found online. Please do your own due diligence as certain food(s) may trigger allergies.

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10 Responses to “In A Nutshell “家和万事兴”!”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    I love nuts too! One of my favorite foods. As usual, lovely lovely pictures. Love the pics from the Zoo too. I didn’t get a chance to look them over carefully as I have been so busy but the pics are stunning from what I saw. Makes me want to go to the zoo here! I haven’t been for a long time.

    • Sam Han says:

      Thanks Laura! It’s been years I went to the zoo too and today I’ll be heading to the bird park here. I’ve posted the animals in the “GALLERY” next to “ABOUT” on my blog. Enjoy snacking on nuts while you’re at the zoo 🙂

  2. Sofia says:

    Hi Sam, the Canadian, Mexican and Thai nuts sound great. Take care with the periodontitis, looking after our mouth is important for our overall health! (Says moi as I have worked in a dental company before…) xx

    • Sam Han says:

      Thanks Sofia. I am and will continue to take care 😀
      Those nuts you mentioned are “Gourmet Nuts” and I think they are the fanciful ones being served at hotel bars and lounges.

  3. Jessica says:

    “Family is about caring and sharing. It’s about sticking up for one another and staying united. 家和万事兴 (jia he wan shi xing) means harmony in a family is the most important!” I couldn’t agree more!!! I’m so glad your family gets involved in your blogging, too, and that you are being careful about your teeth! Also… tiramisu almonds? Yum!!

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