FOOD FACT FRIDAY ~ Walnuts

FFF WalnutsHere are 9 facts you may not have known about Walnuts:

  1. Walnuts are the oldest known tree food and date back to 10,000 BC.
  2. English walnuts (aka: Persian walnuts) originate in Central Asia. They were introduced to California in the 1700’s.
  3. Walnuts were used in salads way back in the 17th-19th centuries.
  4. California commercially supplies 99% of the U.S. California is now responsible for 3/4 of the world trade of walnuts.
  5. Walnuts are only harvested once a year, between September and November.
  6. The Greeks called walnuts karyon, meaning “head,” because the shell resembles a human skull and the walnut kernel itself looks like a brain!
  7. Walnuts have always been considered important for their medicinal properties, including curing bad breath, reducing inflammation, and healing wounds. Nutritional benefits of walnuts have become well-known, especially their omega-3 fatty acid content.
  8. Walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining the integrity of cell membrane of mucus membranes and skin by protecting it from harmful oxygen-free radicals.
  9. Walnuts may lower cholesterol, have antioxidant powers, provide stress relief and reduce blood pressure. Eating as few as six to seven walnuts a day could help scavenge almost all the disease causing free radicals from the human body.

So, candy these little dudes and have a feast, walnuts are good for you.

Get to know your food!

DMS

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15 thoughts on “FOOD FACT FRIDAY ~ Walnuts

  1. Some would argue that turning them into candy makes all of the health properties disappear…I, however, strongly disagree!!!

    • Yeah, I thought about that when I wrote it. They are sugar coated health properties! 😉

      BTW: I had Creme Brulee yesterday with fresh berries at Ruth’s Chris (work party). To die for!

      • Lucky you! Nice work party. For the first year Bob’s work is not having one…which really sucks! We always had so much fun. My work is just providing sandwiches on Tuesday and we can bring in dessert. Nothing too special. Hopefully I’ll get some baking done this weekend. The cookies I made in my class the other night are all going to my neighbors tomorrow.

      • That sounds nice though!

  2. Such good benefits and they are delicious.

  3. Love your food facts. Grew up across the road from a grove of walnut trees. They would ripen in the Australian, May school holidays and we’d spend most of our time there, climbing, playing eating.
    In parts of Germany the nut is picked green when the skins are inedible…got a real shock when I popped one into my mouth…the Germans looked at me as if I was strange…I had no idea until I tasted the indescribably bitter taste. I know knew why they were laboriously peeling each nut!

    • Pecans are the trees i grew up with. I used to feed my dog the bitter parts… I was a bit of a hellion tom boy child…lol! Thanks for reading the facts! xoxo

  4. I’ve never candied walnuts, but my cookies are little Omega-3 bombs. I load them up with walnuts and flax seed meal.

  5. Nice to know the facts about walnuts. ..thanx Debbie for sharing such amazing post…:)

  6. Another truth: They are energy-bombs! I used to go for a survival trip for five days and the only food I ate where walnuts – I looked better than my hamburger eating comrades!

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