Our delicious Walnuts are great to snack on, packed with Omega 3’s, and very high in Vitamin E and anti-oxidants. They are a great addition to any recipe from baking to raw food, added to salads, and great in bread recipes. Walnuts are a delicious creamy nut with lots of flavour and texture. They grow in little green fruits that look like grainy textured apples on walnut trees, which are any tree from the genus Juglans. Once the green skin is peeled off, a more familiar sight is seen. The hard shell is difficult to crack open, but inside is one of most popular nuts in the world. It is shaped like a brain, and packed with goodness which is good for both your heart and your brain!
People have been cultivating and eating walnuts for roughly 9,000 years. They come from the family Juglandaceae, and have been widely consumed in Western Europe, but they are native to India and Persia. They spread through Europe and were introduced by British settlers in North America. The walnut tree can grow up to 35 meters high and has a life span that is many times longer than the average human.
The best thing about walnuts is that they are one of the healthiest foods that are cultivated to be eaten. Studies promote them as a perfect dietary supplement. This is especially true because of the wide range of benefits they provide for physical health. Research shows that the benefits of walnuts are found when eaten in their whole form including the skin. We now know that approximately 90% of the phenols in walnuts are found in the skin, including key phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids. They are also high in calcium, magnesium and potassium.
The form of vitamin E found in walnuts is quite unusual, and particularly beneficial. Instead of having most of its vitamin E present in the alpha-tocopherol form, walnuts provide an unusually high level of vitamin E in the form of gamma-tocopherol. Particularly in studies on the cardiovascular health of men, this gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E has been found to provide significant protection from heart problems.
Great! On top of this walnuts are also thought to have anti-inflammatory effects. They help reduce inflammation in the body and on the surface of the skin.
Walnuts can be eaten on their own. They can also be prepared with main courses as well as desserts. They are great in salads, they can be crushed and stirred into soup. They can also be chopped and sprinkled on stir-fried chicken. There are also lots of recipes for walnut bread and cakes. They are baked with fruit like apples, pears and blueberries and can be sprinkled on fruit, yoghurt and cereal.
And they are wonderful in raw food. Walnuts can be made into cereal bars, energy balls, sprinkled on ice cream, made into a rich nut milk and we love them in raw chocolate brownies. See our recipe section for Raw Chocolate Brownies with Goji berries. Raw chocolate brownie heaven!!