Dried fruits in general are rich in dietary fiber, which stimulates intestinal transit and also has an anti-cancer function. It contains omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are essential for the well-being of the cardiovascular system. Fatty acids are what are called good fats, because they prevent inflammation in the body and counteract the rise in blood cholesterol levels.
Dried fruits then, are rich in plant proteins, contain many minerals, such as iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, potassium, selenium, calcium and phosphorus.
This is precisely why those who follow a vegetarian diet should always consume plenty of them, because, among other benefits, they help supplement the iron that, usually, is taken in through meat consumption.
Dried fruits also contain many vitamins from the A, B and K groups.
In ancient Rome the walnut tree was sacred to Jupiter, the name walnuts in fact meaning "acorns of Jupiter." Walnuts, like almonds and chestnuts, have been a valuable food for mountain peoples for years, and for this reason referred to as poor man's bread.
The pistachio tree is native to the Middle East, where it was cultivated as early as prehistoric times, particularly in Persia : it is said that those who loved each other used to meet under pistachio trees and listen to the crackling of the fruit hatching in the moonlight.
They are associated with strength and physical health: they are rich in unsaturated fats, high in vitamins B3, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc, which contributes to normal fertility and normal reproduction and maintenance of healthy nails and hair.
80 percent of the world's almond production comes from California; it was introduced very anciently to Mediterranean regions, where it is now extensively cultivated and used in several traditional cuisines.