At the end of Mississauga Plaza, a line begins to form outside Roasted Walnut Factory The wholesale food shop until 10 a.m. allows only one person at a time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but people are willing to wait as it is one of the few nut shops in the city to have their own on site. Roasting works.
Once inside, you can watch the coffee beans being fed through the grinder as the smell of roasted nuts and spices wafts through the air.
Established nearly 20 years ago, the family-run Roasted Nut Factory began in St. Catherine’s before moving to Mississauga at 2399 Cawthra Rd. for more space.
Mohamed Saleh Kausa’s parents do the roast in the back while he handles the list that consists of saffron, lemon and pepper-flavored pistachios and the popular jumbo cashews in the cans that line the wall from floor to ceiling. Also available at the store: Dried fruits, jams, spices and olive oil.
Saffron pistachios have a sweet, floral twist to balance out the salty nuts, while freshly roasted cashews have a rich, buttery flavor.
Self-service bins are currently off-limits to the public, so Kausa does the scoping. Nevertheless, even though most of the shop is closed, customers can still see all the cans, along with posters of nuts, twinkle lights and Lebanese flags (a tribute to the family’s roots).
Little Saleh Kausa has taken it upon himself to promote his family’s shop through social media, flashy signs on the street, and even covering his car with nutty decals. But given the constant flow of people lined up, her parents have already cultivated a loyal following. Those who know, they know.
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