A Brief History of the Walnut
Walnuts are the oldest known tree food known to man - they date back to 7,000BC! Persian walnuts - also known as English walnuts - originated in Central Asia, and were first introduced to California in the 1700’s. Currently, California supplies the USA with 99% of it’s commercial supply and 75% of the world trade of walnuts.
What makes a Walnut a Superfood?
Firstly, they are the healthiest nut of all the nuts in the land! They are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, protein, essential Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins E and B6, folate, calcium, manganese, and potassium. With their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts provide benefits similar to salmon and other cold-water fish. These fatty acids are great for heart health, lower cholesterol, support brain health and mood, and increase circulation to the skin.
So what can a Walnut really do for me?
Weight Loss: the high content of Omega-3 fatty acids help to make you feel fuller, longer. They help to curb food cravings, reduce appetite, and in turn, helps with weight management.
Heart Healthy: studies have shown that walnuts help in lowering cholesterol, but not only that, they are rich in amino acids and Omega-3 fatty acids which are two compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties that prevent the formation of blood clots.
Pregnancy Aid: walnuts have the ability to reduce nausea, and they encourage proper brain development in children.
Healthy Hair: walnuts are rich in biotin - which strengthens your hair, improves the texture, and helps in preventing hair fall.
Anti-Aging: because they are rich in vitamin B and Omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts are great for your complexion!
3 Random Walnut Facts to blow your mind:
- Walnuts are only harvested once a year, between September and November
- There are more than 30 varieties of commercially produced walnuts
- Walnut trees can live up to 250 years