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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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