filberts_some_cracked_fullsize.jpgNuts are an important element in a balanced diet, rich in protein, oils, natural fiber and complex carbohydrates.   Nuts are also an important source of  trace minerals and anti-oxidants.   Chestnuts and walnuts are large, majestic trees, which yield valuable timber as well as shade, windbreak and wildlife habitat.  Almonds and filberts are intermediate size trees that can work well in the garden.