A walnut is the edible seed of a drupe, and thus not a true botanical nut. It is commonly consumed as a nut. After full ripening for its edible seed when the shell has been discarded, it is used as a garnish or a snack.
Walnuts are round, single-seeded stone fruits that grow from the walnut tree. They are a good source of healthful fats, protein, and fiber. They may enhance heart and bone health and help in weight management, among other benefits.
Walnut trees are native to eastern North America but are now commonly grown in China, Iran, and within the United States in California and Arizona.
Beneath the husk of the walnut fruit is a wrinkly, globe-shaped nut. The walnut is split into two flat segments to be sold commercially.
Walnuts are available both raw or roasted, and salted or unsalted.
Consuming plant-based foods of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.
The possible health benefits of walnuts may include boosting the cardiovascular system and bone health, reducing the risk of gallbladder disease, and treating epilepsy.
Nuts have a high-fat content, and so they are prone to becoming rancid. Rancid nuts are not unsafe but have a sharp flavor that people may find unpleasant.
Keeping walnuts in their shells in a cool, dark, and dry place can improve their shelf life.
Kept in a refrigerator below 40 degrees Fahrenheit or in a freezer below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, they can be stored for over a year.
If you want to store them at room temperature, freeze them first at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or less for 48 hours to kill any pests.
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 65 g||100%|
|Saturated fat 6 g||30%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 2 mg||0%|
|Potassium 441 mg||12%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14 g||4%|
|Dietary fiber 7 g||28%|
|Sugar 2.6 g|
|Protein 15 g||30%|
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