Walnuts

Walnuts

I have always liked walnuts from as far back as I can remember, perhaps most notably when they were included in mom’s fudge. Another favorite dessert featuring walnuts is carrot cake, one of the most popular cakes today. But walnuts also do well in salads, casseroles and stir fry’s. 

When I first started collecting photos of walnuts, I kept running across pics of lime-looking fruits. I thought, ‘No…can’t be!’ Here was something I didn’t know. The walnut begins surrounded by a green husk and is considered a stone fruit, or at the very least a pseudo-stone fruit. Here’s a photo of a cluster of walnuts. I truly had no idea. How about you?

Here is a wonderful, 5-minute video on gathering black walnuts in the wild and how to care for them and how long to let them dry before cracking them open. Here’s a 23-minute video on making a coffee-walnut cake. Yum. Here’s a fascinating 5-minute video by a commercial grower showing parts of the 2-year process of getting trees ready for sale starting with the walnut itself.

FunFacts about Walnuts: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: A walnut is the nut of any tree of the genus Juglans (Family Juglandaceae), particularly the Persian or English walnut, Juglans regia. Technically a walnut is the seed of a drupe or drupaceous nut, and thus not a true botanical nut. It is used for food after being processed while green for pickled walnuts or after full ripening for its nutmeat. The walnut is nutrient-dense with protein and essential fatty acids. (Source)  And, quote: Walnut trees are any species of tree in the plant genus Juglans, the type genus of the family Juglandaceae, the seeds of which are referred to as walnuts. All species are deciduous trees, 10–40 metres (33–131 ft). (Source)
  • Walnuts are a stone fruit although another source calls it a pseudodrupe, a drupe being another word for a stone fruit. For more info about what a nut is, go here. Apparently, a nut is a fruit.
  • The two most common types of walnuts grown for their ‘fruit’ are the Persian or English walnut and the black walnut.
  • The English walnut originated in Persia.
  • The black walnut is native to eastern North America.
  • China is the largest grower of walnuts and contributes almost half the world’s supply. The U.S., Iran and Turkey are also lead suppliers.
  • Under certain conditions, diets that include walnuts may reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Walnut husks can be used to make inks and dyes. Both Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci were believed to have used walnut-based supplies.
  • Intricately carved and quite beautiful whole walnuts are prized by the Chinese.
    • *** Note: I tried to find a photo to include here, but there wasn’t one available for free or for purchase. To see images of these, put ‘Chinese carved walnuts’ into your browser search. They are really something!
  • In Armenian cuisine, the unripe walnut including the husk is preserved in sugar and eaten whole. A more complete description of how this is accomplished can be found in a NY Times article.

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