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The fruit of the walnut tree, which grows throughout the world in temperate climates. The two main varieties are Persian/English and Black. The Persian walnut is often incorrectly known as "English Walnut" in the United States. The black nuts are edible, but have a smaller kernel and an extremely tough shell and are not widely grown for nut production. The word "walnut" originates from wahlnut, an Old English word for "Welsh-nut." Walnuts were a delicacy of the ancient Romans and were used not only for eating but also to dye wool and color hair.

plural: walnuts


Season: September - November

How to select: Select from among three sizes: large, medium and babies. Look for shells free of cracks or holes. If shelled, look for plump, crisp nutmeats.

How to store: Store in a cool dry place for up to three months if in the shell. Once shelled, store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months or frozen up to a year.

Matches well with: blue cheese, caramel, cheese, fish, mushrooms, pork, port, raisins, salads, sherry, zucchini

More Walnut Recipes
Popular Walnut Recipes
Applebee's White Chocolate Walnut Blondie
Basil-Walnut Pesto
Basic Kentucky Chocolate Walnut Pie

Nutrition Facts

Calculated for 1 cup, chopped
Amount Per Serving %DV
Calories 772
Calories from Fat 663 (85%)
Total Fat 73.8g 113%
Saturated Fat 4.2g 21%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 43.8g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 653mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 12.4g 4%
Dietary Fiber 8.5g 34%
Sugars 8.5g
Protein 30.1g 60%

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