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This is definitely the wrong crowd for this, but coconut trees should be genetically modified to survive in the north.
So many changes would have to be made that the end result would likely qualify as a completely different species, since a single allele can affect multiple traits.
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It looks like hazelnuts are the healthiest nut you can grow in the north. The fat content looks decent, total phytic acid and other anti-nutrients are often near the lower end of the range, and roasting them hardly creates any acrylamide, which is not the case with some of the others, but I am not comparing them to chestnuts here. Their numbers seem to be even better (when they happen to be included in a study), but I do not want to place chestnuts in the same category, since they are much different in that they mainly consist of water and carbohydrates. However, I would still find coconut to be, by far, the most appealing nut-like seed if I were not restricting myself to those that can tolerate cold temperatures.
I spent nearly 4 hours last night trying to make cassava pancakes, but I couldn't get the damn things to cook all the way through.
I would have made waffles, but I don't have a waffle maker and I doubt I will get one anytime soon.

I think I will try to bake something next time I decide to experiment with cassava flour or something similar to it. It's probably best to mix it with a few other things, like coconut or tapioca, both of which I tried as well.
Maybe it was the equipment I was using, but I figured the problem was just my lack of experience. I haven't made pancakes in a very long time, but there was one other issue that might be difficult to avoid. Cassava flour can be a little gritty. I mostly noticed it with the first few that I made as well as those that had time to cool off in the fridge, but it was much less apparent when it came to the rest. Other than that, the flavor and texture were fine, and it reminded me of those I have made in the past. I suppose it could make a decent alternative for people who prefer to avoid grain, but I am not sure if the neutral flavor that you get from cassava flour is enough to make it worth using alone.
Apparently, most of the fat is removed from the coconut before they turn it into flour, so even a mix that goes heavy on it is pretty high in carbs. It's still better than using most of the alternatives, but I would probably have to use one or two more eggs instead if I really wanted to improve its nutritional value. I recall doing something like that in the past.
Traffic to my website always peaks in April, but people should be doing their research and buying plants months before then, because some of the more desirable options quickly go out of stock. Nurseries can hold on to your order and ship during a more appropriate time, so you don't have to worry about receiving it too soon. I think most of them try to determine this on their own based on your location if they aren't instructed to send it during a more specific time, but I don't quite remember how beneficial the latter can be. I have been relying on scionwood rather than plants over the past few years and there is much to consider, but I'm sure they usually know what they are doing.
There is a small nursery here that sells very large trees for a low price compared to what you would get online, and many of them are varieties that are more adapted to the area. I think this might be fairly common, so that's another option. Fruit trees at big-box stores are often varieties that people recognize, and many of them are highly susceptible to disease or lack cold hardiness in some form.

For example, peach varieties they sell further to the north may be able to survive the winter, but their flower buds aren't nearly as hardy as those they could be offering. They would not be able to fruit most years, but there are a few possible exceptions. Redhaven, Contender, and Reliance are quite hardy, and considering how common they are, it shouldn't be too hard to find at least one of them in your area.