On a Budget
Buying affordable nuts, seeds & legumes in South Africa
October 5, 2021
Like many others in the world, we have found a loop hole to accessing nuts, seeds and legumes without breaking the bank – buying in bulk! Nuts, seeds and legumes are very important sources of protein to include in a whole food plant-based diet. Check out where you can stock up on these dry goods across South Africa and save extra money.
Buy in bulk to get affordable nuts, seeds and legumes
The addition of different nuts, seeds and legumes introduces great benefits to building a wholesome plant based diet. Nutrient-dense and packed full of flavour, nuts, seeds and legumes are full of complex carbohydrates, fibre, fatty acids and high amounts of protein.
When it comes to healthy snacks; nuts and seeds are among the top sources of good quality protein. That’s because, in just a little under 30 grams of peanuts, there are about 7 grams of protein and in as many pumpkin seeds, an entire 9 grams of protein. Aside from packing a powerful protein punch, nuts and seeds are a great tasting quick bite that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, on their own or added to smoothies, breakfast bowls and even stir-fries!
For most on a plant based diet, legumes are a gold mine of nutrients. They are a versatile source of protein and make a great side for a number of fantastic dishes or added to salads for great texture, taste and nutritional value. Legumes are also an awesome way to stretch a grocery budget. Their long shelf life means they can be bought in bulk and easily stored without going off, losing flavour or texture. Available in canned and dry form, that forgotten can or pack of split peas, chickpeas, beans or lentils makes a fantastic addition to many recipes!
Below is a brief list of the protein content for some of the more popular nuts, seeds and legumes.
Tofu is also a great source of plant-based protein. Have you seen our blog, Where to Buy Cheap Tofu in South Africa?
Let’s go shopping!
Most health stores and leading supermarkets in the country have a wide selection of nuts, seeds and legumes on sale, the price tends to be on the upper end of the price range.
The cheapest places to buy your nuts, seeds and legumes are from bulk suppliers. Intended for the commercial market which includes retail stores, bakeries and restaurants, the products are usually sold at a fraction of the prices you’d find in supermarkets and health stores. In making it easier for you to find stores that stock bulk nuts, seeds and legumes closest to you, here are a few links to wholesalers in a city close to you.
Where to buy nuts, seeds and legumes in Gauteng
- Empire SA
- The Chocolate & The Nu Tree
- Freshearth Food Store
- Alman’s Dried Fruit & Nuts
- Ace Nut Traders
- Yellow Submarine Distributors
Where to buy nuts, seeds and legumes in Western Cape
- 42 on Sonneblom Deli
- Dried Fruit for Africa
- Komati Food
- Empire SA
- Cape Nut Traders
- CNC Products