Roasted nuts and seeds are special snacks of the trap with many kind of candies, biscuits, jam, etc during Tet. Vietnamese people eat roasted nuts with the main purpose to create a cheerful and friendly environment in which the hosts and the guests enjoy nuts together.
Selecting from the biggest seeds of ripe pumpkin, pumkin seed is among the most favorable nuts during Tet since it is easier to open than “hat dua”. The process of cooking “hat bi” is exactly the same with “hat dua”, however, there is not any pigment to color the nuts.
Both traditional and modern medicine proved that pumkin seeds containing many substances which benefits human health such as protid, lipid, glucid, calcium, magnesium, fiber and L-tryptophan. This nut is now being remedy for diseases like kidney disease, intestinal disease and coronary heart disease.
The name of this nut indicated its origin quite clearly that is collected after sunflowers fully grown. After being dried and roasted under adequate heart and sometime added with additional flavor like salt and licorice, it is ready to be enjoyed. This nut is the favorite snack of children and youngsters in Vietnam that it is eaten in the whole year, especially with ice-tea or lemon tea, not only during Tet. Besides possessing similar amount of nutrition like other nuts mentioned above, sunflower seeds can also be used to slow the aging process of human, accelerate cell generation process and enhance memory.
Cashew nut has its origin from Northern China and Mongolia is among the most luxury type of roasted nuts because its trees can only produce fruits one time per 4-5 years. Cashew nut is usually roasted with salt for better preservation as well as improve its taste. In Vietnam, the food is regarded as a symbol of luck.
It contains many healthy substances like vitamin B1, B2, B3, calcium, protein, phosphorous and cholesterol-free. Monounsaturated may reduce the risk of having cancer; and an ideal choice for people who are on diet due to a huge amount of fiber.