Walnuts have thousands upon thousands of benefits. In fact, they have so many that we need to write a second article to list all of them, as well as some other interesting facts. Here you can find our first article on walnuts:
First, let’s see what exactly are walnuts. They are edible seeds from the trees of the Juglans genus. Walnuts are round, single-seeded fruits of the walnut tree, which are enclosed in a thick inedible husk. The shell of the fruit of a walnut, that encloses the kernel is hard and two-halved. Here are some interesting facts about them. The walnut tree has been known to mankind since 7000 B.C. California is where two-thirds of the walnut production happens. Crinkles can be seen both from the outside and the inside.
Walnuts have been known as ‘Brain Food’ for as long as we can remember. Mainly due to the fact that their surface has a crinkly appearance which resembles that of the brain. Because of this, they are considered to be a symbol of intelligence, leading to the popular belief that they increase one’s intellect. Although not true, some new studies have proven that the consumption of these seeds helps promote brain function.
Nutritional values and ways to serve them
Another thing is that walnuts are a delicious supplement and therefore, they can be included in almost anyone’s diet. Also, the total fat found in 1 ounce of walnuts is 18 grams, which includes both saturated and unsaturated fats. Here are some ways to include walnuts in your meal:
- Before cooking fish and chicken, add shredded walnuts to them;
- Ground walnuts and add the powder on top of sandwiches, salads or any other dish, you can think of;
- Add them chopped or shredded to desserts, if you want to add a nutty flavor to said desserts;
- Add them chopped or shredded to yogurt and berries to transform them into a healthy dessert;
- To roast walnuts, use an oven that’s heated to 70-75°C for 15-20 minutes.