Possibly the oldest tree food known to humans, records report walnut consumption dating back 10,000 years. Containing more omega 3 fatty acids than many other nuts, the kernel itself resembles the two halves of a brain, justifying their nickname of ‘brain food’.
Walnuts contain various vitamins and minerals and have been claimed to be one of the most nutritious nuts. Slightly bittersweet with an oily texture, they may be pickled when young or 'wet’. However, they are more commonly eaten dried, either raw or cooked in both sweet and
savoury dishes such as cakes, muesli, stews, sauces and dressings. Dry-frying or roasting
turns them a lovely gold and really brings out their flavour
Grown in China, Turkey, Iran, Mexico and the US, walnuts fare best in rich, deep soil and sunny climates and grow all year round.