Dried fruits or nuts are star foods that provide a lot of benefits for the body. During autumn, some nuts take centre stage, but they can be eaten throughout the year.
They are good to eat alone, they can accompany meat and poultry sauces, and also fish and other foods in order to balance the diet of consumers.
When we eat nuts, the drinks to pair them with may be different, as they go well with brown beers, sweet wines, reds and whites. Everything depends on the type of dried fruit and its characteristics.
If we choose almonds, we can combine them with those wines that are used for desserts, such as the ones made with Muscat grapes, Chardonnay, Rueda… which will perfect the flavours of almond and the dessert we eat with.
Walnuts are one of the dried fruits with more vitamins and nutrients, and they are good to prevent cardiovascular disease. They can be paired with some red wines, especially from Malbec or Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, which have a powerful taste.
One of the dried fruits protagonists of autumn are chestnuts. They can be eaten when the weather turns cold, for traditional celebrations such as the “Castanyada” in Catalonia and All Saints in many parts of Spain. Chestnuts support many types of pairings, from full-bodied and stout beers to red and rosé wines. They tend to enhance the flavours of chestnuts when they accompany other foods.
As for pine nuts, the wine which does better is the variety of Sauvignon Blanc, which is softer and rich in minerals such as potassium, iron and phosphorus.
By: Marta Burgués