There were lots of bushes and trees growing all around the yard, but this particular one was of interest to me, because it should grow some nuts on it.  It had a few nuts on it but nothing to make of any value.  A couple of years ago it was cut right to the ground and now it has grown to be a nice size bush again.  We are still hoping that some day it will have some hazel nuts on it.  They are so good.





The bushes to the left of the maple tree are the hazel nuts.





  "Fruits contain sugars and acids, nuts contain fats and albumins. Therefore we have, in fruits and nuts, all the essential elements of nutrition. Nuts are a perfect substitute for eggs, meat, or any nitrogenous element. The same is true of beans, except that they contain starch, and therefore can not be eaten by those who can not eat starch, as they cause bloating and gas on the stomach. By removing the skins, however, this difficulty may be avoided. There are no food elements in meats that we do not find in nuts, but there are some things we do not find there; for in the meat there is dead matter, and in the nut there is nothing but life.  

There is no starch in peanuts. Peanuts are not nuts; they are legumes, and belong to the same class as peas and beans.  

Now I want to tell you how to make nut butter. Shell the nuts; take off the skins by putting them in the oven and heating sufficiently to shrink the nuts, when the skin can be rubbed off; then crush them. Nuts do not have to be roasted in order to remove the skins. It is only necessary to dry them. The mistake that is made in making nut butter is in roasting the nuts. They should not be roasted; for roasted nuts, like fried doughnuts, are indigestible. Now the question is, How are you going to make butter out of peanuts without this roasting process? I want to say that other kinds of nuts besides peanuts do not require any roasting. You can make butter out of almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and other kinds of nuts, without roasting; but the peanut must be cooked, for it is raw. There is a process by which it can be done without roasting the nuts.  

At the sanitarium we do not use peanut butter made from roasted nuts; we do not consider it wholesome. A great many people know from experience that roasted peanut butter is not wholesome. I will tell you how you can make nut butter without roasting the nuts. It is a very simple way, and you will not need any machinery at all. Remove the skins, as I have explained; then take the nuts, with an equal quantity of water, and put in a covered dish; set it in the oven, and let them bake for several hours. If the nuts get too dry, add a little water, and cook until the water is evaporated. Rub the cooked nuts through a colander, add a little salt if you like, and you have the most delicious nut butter you ever tasted in your life. It is perfectly digestible, too.  

At Battle Creek we are manufacturing a blancher, which we shall be able to furnish in a short time, that anybody can use in removing the skins from peanuts. After cooking them until the kernel will shrink, they can be put in a bag, and rubbed until the skin is removed. I hope that our friends in the South will take up this peanut industry, and raise peanuts, and manufacture products that they can sell to their neighbors. Other people are recognizing that it is a good thing, and people of other countries are taking it up. The manufacture of nut butter is not controlled by any sort of patent. Some years ago I saw that such a thing might be done; but I did not think it was a good thing to do. I thought that it was a thing that the world ought to have; let everybody that wants it have it, and make the best use of it. With nut butter you can get everything you really need. You do not need to buy other nut products unless you want to." 

March 5, 1899 N/A, GCDB 152 

  "This is a fair question, and one that needs to be answered. The answer is, from fruits, which include nuts, and grains. The trouble is that men have been accustomed to regard fruits and nuts as luxuries, and not as supplying actual nourishment sufficient for all the needs of the body. They have not realised that in these things we have more nourishment than in flesh or any kind of animal product. Perhaps our statement of the fact will not be considered sufficient testimony, but whoever tries it will find the truth for himself, just as the experience of thousands proves it.   

Scientific investigation also proves that in grains and nuts there is far more nourishment than in flesh. We have not space here to give a list of different substances, with their food values, but one instance will suffice as an example. A pound of hazel nuts contains nearly five times as much nourishment as a pound of beef, and has the advantage of containing nothing that can by any possibility injure the eater. It should be evident to all, therefore, that in every sense of the word it is more economical to eat the food which God gave to man in the beginning, than the substitutes which man's perverseness has devised."

March 15, 1900 EJW, PTUK 173 


Hazel Nut Hedge

 "A Colony of Vegetarians"   

"At Oranienburg, near Berlin, says a newspaper, a colony of vegetarians was started some years ago and is growing slowly but steadily. Founded in 1892 by seven enthusiasts on the subject, there are at present forty-seven homesteads, where thirty-seven families and ten single men have built houses and raised their crops. Outside of the vegetables necessary for their own food, they have planted 35,000 fruit trees and 15,000 berry bushes, and have fenced in the entire property with a hedge of hazel nuts. From a financial standpoint they are doing very well, because they realise excellent prices for the products of their truck farms, the quality of the vegetables raised by them being the best to be obtained in the district." 

September 3, 1896 

EJW, PTUK 574  

Hail The Size Of Hazelnuts

     (Colorado,) Monday, July 21, 1873. 

"We spent the day principally in writing. In the evening we rode up the hill about two miles and gathered several quarts of berries. We received quite a number of letters, papers, and books. . . . Very many Indians passed with ponies, mules, and American horses.   

     (Colorado,) Wednesday, July 23, 1873. Hundreds of Indians have passed here this morning and yesterday. They are going over in Middle Park to hunt and to fish. . . . We all went out between sunset and dark and gathered about two quarts of strawberries. We had splendid showers part of the day. Prepared matter for Instructor.--Ms 9, 1873    

    (Colorado,) Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1873. 

I devoted much time to arranging my room; tacked down carpet, put curtain around my rough pine table. . . . We got four loads of broken wood. I helped them pick it up. . . . We had two very precious seasons of prayer in the forest of pines.         

    (Colorado,) Thursday, Aug. 7, 1873. 

I wrote five letters. . . . The clouds looked dark. My husband, Elder Canright, and Willie went for a load of wood. They had but just unhitched the horses after their return when it commenced raining, then hailing. We had both rain and hail in great quantities. The hail was as large as hazel nuts. The water rushed down from the mountain and came into our sleeping room close by the floor. Two were engaged in mopping and bailing up water with dust pan. The kitchen leaked and flooded the floor. The dining room leaked badly. This has been a broken day. . . .    

     (Colorado,) Friday, Aug. 8, 1873. 

It is quite cool this morning after the storm yesterday. Our carpet seems very comfortable on the floor. . . . We spent a short time in the strawberry field. The hail had beaten off most of the strawberries."

  3MR 162