Walnuts

Specializing in  Shelled Walnuts

 

              Walnut Tree      

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Walnut History

     Welcome to our site and thank you for stopping to take a look. We have put together some information about walnuts that was gathered from the walnut marketing board. Walnuts are one of the oldest tree foods dating back to 7000 BC. They were an extremely common trade item on English ships throughout the Mediterranean, establishing the name "English" walnut. Originally brought to California in the early part of the 19th Century, walnuts were planted in Southern California and gradually moved to Central California where the soil and climate were more suited for the trees. Incredibly, California produces 98% of the U.S. walnut supply and over 2/3 of the world's walnut trade.

Walnut Health

     Walnuts are a wonderful ingredient in baking. They are used to boost the flavor and texture of baked foods. Walnuts have a distinct flavor that accentuates the flavor of spices and ingredients when used in baked foods. In addition to flavor, walnuts are very nutritious. They are an excellent source of digestible protein. Although they are high in fat, the majority of walnut fat is of the mono and polyunsaturated fats, which are beneficial fats. They have no cholesterol, very little sodium and contain a range of vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that walnuts can help to reduce serum cholesterol levels. Recently, a major study conducted at Loma Linda University and published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows walnuts to have cholesterol reducing benefits. To see the article click here. 

     Walnuts have an excellent shelf life if stored properly. Proper handling is the key to maintaining walnuts' flavor and texture. Storage conditions should include low temperatures 32 - 38o F and low relative humidity 55-65% environments. They should also be stored away from other foods with any strong odors or flavors as well as away from concrete walls or floors.

Information on this web site was gathered from the Walnut Marketing Board.