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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54 thoughts on “Walnuts

  1. I like walnuts, especially in oatmeal raisin cookies! I looked up the Chinese carved walnuts and they really are amazing!

  2. Love walnuts! My mom makes what we call coconut cookies that are made with dates, walnuts, brownsugar, and covered in coconut shavings and they have been my favorite since I was a kid. We have a few random walnut trees around our property and my mom and I would go around collecting them.

  3. I love walnuts! I had some black walnuts and they aren’t bad. I’m glad that I watch the videos especially the one on the black walnuts. I had a friend offer me so.e blank walnuts a couple years ago but I would had to crack them open myself to get to the walnut. If I get a chance to gather my own black walnuts I’ll know what to do with them after watching that short video on them. Love the last picture of the walnut cake, looks good.

  4. I love walnuts. I remember when growing up I use to help my mom crack all her walnuts and pecans for all her homemade Christmas candies. And now that you said it I want a walnut carrot cake – I’ll be calling my mom later and putting in a hint – lol.

  5. I actually had someone tell me there was no difference between walnuts and pecans. I didn’t know whether to laugh at their ignorance or feel sorry for them.

    Drea – South-central Arizona

  6. Living in Indiana, I am quite familiar with black walnuts. There are many, many black walnut trees here. My father always waits for them the drop and the hulls to loosen a little, then he lines them up and drives over them to remove the hulls from the nuts. Since the tannins are so strong, you must always wear gloves when handling the hulls. They are wonderfully delicious and the squirrels in my neighborhood are quite rotund!

  7. I love walnuts in carrot cake, black walnut cake and ice cream. I have never had pickled walnuts and would like to try them. One of my favorite memories is at christmas daddy would bring home walnuts and pecans and at night we would crack them in front of the fireplace and eat them.

  8. My favorite way of eating walnuts is sprinkling them on cubed butternut squash, drizziled with olive oil and seasoning….then roasted until veggies are tender. I add a spray of maple syrup after they are on the plate. Yum.

  9. Love them! Pricey though. Great pic’s! I also learned something new today, I didn’t know it grew in a lime-like shell. Pretty interesting!

  10. I’m not a big fan. They make my mouth itch. Hubs loves them and adds them to his cereal every day. NE Ohio.

  11. I love walnuts. We buy them by the bag and lightly toast them in the oven. It seems to bring out the flavor more than just eaten “raw.”

  12. I love walnuts in just about everything – carrot cake, salads, brownies, oatmeal cookies, etc. I also love them just plain.

  13. I like walnuts. I’ve read that they are really good for the heart and I think a natural anti inflammatory. I should eat more of them. Your photos are making me hungry! Lol

  14. I have a bunch of walnut trees across the road from my house. They are the black walnuts I’m sure. When they start to fall it sounds like a war going on it you have a tin roof. They fall in the road and needless to say we lose some squirrels that way. They are all the time burying them in the yard. One word of advice. If you hull them wear gloves or you wind up with black hands that the stain has to wear off. I don’t care much for the taste of them though. Love the squirrel photo.

  15. Hi, Everyone,
    Just wanted to say that this is one of the first ‘food’ blogs in which just about everyone loved the food. I find the result fascinating. So what is it about the walnut that pleases so many palates?

    Buckeye, Arizona USA

  16. I’ve always liked walnuts to, but several years ago, I became severely allergic to them and it happened from one day to the next. One day I had several as a snack and was fine. The next day I did the same and broke out in huge, itchy welts that covered my entire torso. Allergy meds stopped the welts (we keep them on hand because I’m allergic to bee and wasp stings), but their outline didn’t disappear from my torso for almost 3 weeks. It really scared me.

  17. I love that little squirrels ears!!! LOL I love most nuts!!!! I live in central Calif. Lots of nut trees!!! I remember my cousins coming to school with their fingers all dark from the walnut stain after picking them up. I was lucky I lived on a dairy farm so just had to help milk cows and hall manure!!!!! LOL

  18. I remember my grandma loved walnuts. She always made potica for the holidays and was thrilled to be able to use the walnuts from her tree for it. Truly a wonderful memory.

  19. Love walnuts! My Granny made a cookie/candy with whole dates filled with confectioners icing with a walnut tucked inside then rolled in granulated sugar. Super sweet balanced with the nut.

  20. SQUIRREL!!!! I had no idea what the walnut looked like on the tree. I’m also surprised my husband hasn’t turned into a walnut!

  21. Enjoyed the pictures but I’m afraid I’m one of the ones that DOESN’T like walnuts. Just don’t care for the taste of them. Love most all of the other nuts. 🙂

  22. Love nuts, love walnuts. Walnuts and Pecans remind of Christmas, along with Navel Oranges. Learned some new things about them, thanks

  23. Watched the two five minute videos and will have to get back to the video about making the cake. It is amazing what goes into producing these nuts and how to havrest them,

    I always get new knowledge from you. Thanks for sharing,

  24. I enjoy baking and I find that adding walnuts to the cakes, cookies and the other goodies I make. I really like them in almost any recipe. Yum!

  25. Cute pics, liked them and that clever squirrel BUT I dislike walnuts with a passion. Fortunately My man loves them and theres always a tin of them in our pantry. I admire all of the photos and information you give in your blog. Thank you so much.

  26. Who doesn’t love walnuts. They remind me of the Holidays and Christmas baking. Oh and the squirrels are too cute carrying them around.

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