Did you know that walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7000 B.C…mmmm ancient goodness!
The main varieties of walnuts are; Hartley, Chandler, Serr, Vina, Franquette and Howard. At Honest to Goodness we generally supply our customers with certified organic walnuts from California, USA.
Walnut fact: Californian walnuts account for 99% of the commercial US supply and three-quarters of the world walnut trade.
Walnut health facts
- Walnuts are high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).
- Walnuts are a great plant based source of omega-3 fatty acids, being the only nut that contains significant levels of Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)!
- Walnuts are highly nutritious and commonly recommended as part of a wholesome diet, like the Mediterranean diet, due to the walnuts proven benefits in heart health, cancer, aging and metabolic syndrome!
- A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at whether walnuts (providing ALA) and fatty fish (providing EPA and DHA) have similar health improvements with Coronary Heart Disease. The study found that healthy individuals on a diet including walnuts was more powerful in reducing total and LDL (bad) cholesterol when compared to fatty fish.
Did you know? It takes 5-7 years for the Walnut tree to grow from a sapling into an adult tree suitable for harvesting…that is a long wait!
The best way to maintain freshness of your walnuts is to keep them cold. Due to the high oil and fatty acid content of walnuts, they tend to go rancid when exposed to hot temperatures. The best place to store your walnuts is in a glass airtight container in the fridge, away from any foods with strong odours like onions or fish! If you’re buying in bulk, then keep them in airtight storage, out of direct sunlight, in a cool dark area of your cupboard.