Walnuts

Walnuts are the large wrinkled edible seeds of a deciduous tree. It consists of two halves that are enclosed within a hard shell. The tall deciduous trees produce walnuts with compound leaves and valuable ornamental timber that is used chiefly in cabinet making and gun stocks.
A walnut is the edible seed of a drupe of any tree of the genus Juglans and family Juglandaceae, particularly the Persian or English walnut, Juglans regia.
Walnuts are rounded, single-seeded stone fruits of the walnut tree commonly used for food after fully ripening between September and November. Walnut trees are late to grow leaves, typically not leafing out until more than halfway through the spring. They emit chemicals into the soil to prevent competing vegetation from growing. Because of this, susceptible plants should not be planted close to them.


During the Byzantine era, the walnut was also known by the name "royal nut".
The two most common major species of walnuts are grown for their seeds: the Persian or English walnut and the black walnut. The English walnut (J. Regia) originated in Iran (Persia), and the black walnut (J. nigra) is native to eastern North America. The black walnut is of high flavor, but due to its hard shell and poor hulling characteristics, it is not commercially cultivated in orchards.
Numerous walnut cultivars have been developed commercially, which are nearly all hybrids of the English walnut.

 

How to eat walnut?

Walnut meats are available in two forms: in their shells or de-shelled. The meats may be whole, halved, or in smaller portions due to processing. All walnuts can be eaten on their own (raw, toasted, or pickled), or as part of a mix such as muesli, or as an ingredient of a dish: e.g. walnut soup, walnut pie, walnut coffee cake, banana cake, brownie, fudge. Walnuts are often candied or pickled. Pickled walnuts that are the whole fruit can be savory or sweet depending on the preserving solution.
Walnuts may be used as an ingredient in other foodstuffs. Walnut is an important ingredient in baklava, Circassian chicken, chicken in walnut sauce, and poultry or meatball stew from Iranian cuisine.
Walnuts are also popular as an ice cream topping, and walnut pieces are used as a garnish on some foods.
Nocino is a liqueur made from unripe green walnuts steeped in alcohol with syrup added.
Walnut oil is available commercially and is chiefly used as a food ingredient, particularly in salad dressings. It has a low smoke point, which limits its use for frying.

Health Benefits:

These nuts are rich in omega-3 fats and contain higher amounts of antioxidants than most other foods. Eating walnuts may improve brain health, and prevent heart disease and cancer.
Walnuts are one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants. These include ellagic acid, ellagitannins, catechin, and melatonin. Walnuts are rich in antioxidants and healthy fats due to which they can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nutrient facts:
Walnuts are made up of 65% fat and about 15% of protein. They’re low in carbs, most of which consist of fiber.
Walnut contains Calories, Water, Protein, Carbs, Sugar, Fiber, Fat Walnuts are primarily made up of protein and polyunsaturated fat. They contain a relatively high percentage of omega-3 fat.

Vitamins and Minerals:
Walnuts are an excellent source of several vitamins and minerals, like: 
1. Copper

This mineral promotes heart health. It also helps maintain bone, nerve, and immune system function.


2. Folic acid

Also known as folate or vitamin B9, folic acid has many important biological functions. Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy may cause birth defects.


3. Phosphorus

About 1% of your body is made up of phosphorus, a mineral that is mainly present in bones. It has numerous functions.


4. Vitamin B6

This vitamin may strengthen your immune system and
support nerve health. Vitamin B6 deficiency may cause anemia.


5. Manganese

This trace mineral is found in the highest amounts in nuts, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.


6. Vitamin E

Compared to other nuts, walnuts contain high levels of a special form of vitamin E called gamma-tocopherol. 

Walnuts also contain several bioactive components that may have anticancer properties, including:
-Phytosterols
-Gamma-tocopherol
-Omega-3 fatty acids
-Ellagic acid and related compounds
-Various antioxidant polyphenols.

You can find walnuts alongside many other fresh and organic dry fruits at Athey Nallatha. 

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