The most common types of frutta secca (nuts) in Italy are noci (walnuts), nocciole(hazelnuts), mandorle (almonds), castagne (chestnuts), and pinoli (pine nuts).

If you want to talk about nuts in general, what then? That’s when you use frutta secca. Upon hearing this term, English speakers will have visions of dried apricots or prunes, but, although they certainly fill the bill, along with dried figs and raisins, frutta secca is also a way of referring to nuts in general!

Noce means“walnut”, except when it’s used metaphorically to indicate a measurement, as in cooking: una noce di burro (a knob of butter).

Italian words: frutta secca – dried fruits
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