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WALNUTS

INTERESTING FACTS

 Walnut husks are used to produce a long-lasting dye, which can replace ink, or used as a brown dye for fabric.

In China, pairs of walnuts have traditionally been rotated in the palm of the hand, both to stimulate blood circulation and as a status symbol. Walnuts are also sometimes used in China in a type of a gambling game, known as “du he tao”.

Walnuts are used to produce oil known for its wide culinary (but should not be heated) and cosmetic use. The oil is perfect for hair and skin care, particularly as a sun protection and anti-ageing agent.

CULINARY USE

Walnuts are most often used to make desserts, but are also a delicious ingredient in fruit drinks, salads, spreads, or as a pesto. Walnuts add variety to vegetable side dishes made of Brussels sprouts or mushrooms, and go well with pork.

We often use them to make a home-made granola and they go well with chocolate desserts; whereas, in Slovenia they are most famous as a “potica” (Slovenian nut roll) filling. 

CULTIVATION

Most walnuts are cultivated in China, USA (California) and Iran; whereas, Romania and Slovenia produce most walnuts in Europe.

The most common are two walnut varieties – the Persian (also English) and black walnut. The black walnut has a hard shell and due to its poor hulling characteristics is rarely cultivated for nut production. 

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND

Walnuts are native to Persia and the ancient Romans dedicated the tree to one of their gods, Jupiter. Much like hazelnuts, walnuts had become a common food source already in 7,000 B.C.

Throughout history, walnuts were one of the most highly praised plants and the first written account of walnut plantations was found on Mesopotamian clay tablets.

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