Light or dark, dark or chunky, nuts from the farmer’s market and those overpriced bags from the supermarket are on everyone’s shopping list during the holidays.
And their popularity is only going to climb as consumers grow more conscious of buying raw nuts—the ones you’re likely to find at bulk stores like Bulk Barn.
“I definitely think it is going to grow,” said Lauren Copeland, the owner of KDA Nuts in Longmont, Colo.
Copeland said consumers tend to know about the quality of her raw walnuts before they buy them in bulk.
“People know what they’re going to get when they buy whole nuts because I always put out the kind that have been harvested,” she told Fox News.
While the options for nuts can be overwhelming at the many grocery stores, Bulk Barn boasts an extensive list of products consumers can mix and match to make the nuts their own.
“What we usually see as more of the consumers becoming aware of more raw nuts in general — you know just, kind of your basic, you know, what you would find in the local market. They’re stocking the baskets with traditional raw nuts that they’re familiar with,” Copeland said.
While you can find raw walnuts, pecans, pistachios, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, or walnuts imported from Taiwan, Bulk Barn often features raw pecans sourced from the Cypress family, as well as unsweetened cocoa, hazelnuts, and raw cocoa nibs.
While some people may go for the fizzy milk chocolate bars and fake nuts, for others there’s no substitute for natural healthy eating at the bulk store.
“There’s definitely an appetite for fresh peanuts and we do this business of being able to put out huge buckets of raw peanuts and you just feel full or you feel like your energy level is going to kick up on a different side of your brain from where you normally are,” Copeland said.
A few months ago, Copeland started selling pecans to people who were looking for nut products on her Nut Store Corner section.
While many people like to purchase the nuts fresh from farmers’ markets, Copeland said a lot of customers prefer to purchase raw nuts at Bulk Barn, where they’re brought in boxes as they’re harvested.
“And so they don’t have to suffer from being shipped and you know, making that trip up to the market on your own,” she said.
Plus, all of the nut products sold at Bulk Barn are safe, though Copeland warned everyone not to eat nuts from the store if they haven’t been opened.
“You know, like, we really stress, you know, be aware that those nuts have never been opened. As soon as you open those peanuts, the other nuts around it really lose their nutritional value as well,” she said.
Eating raw nuts is more common now than it was 30 years ago, but only a few of the items offered by Bulk Barn have had to test the boundaries of what’s considered healthy or not.
“There’s definitely some items that contain grain or you know, flours that are high in sodium,” she said.
However, the nut products that do raise red flags are also just being considered differently than they used to be.
“There are some nuts out there that do contain THC, which is that plant-based psychoactive chemical found in marijuana. There are also some things that are already legal that would be considered toxic because they have chemicals in them that have not been specifically listed out by federal law,” Copeland said.