Walnuts

Chose walnuts and you won’t go nuts

The walnut is the edible seed of the glorious walnut tree whose beautiful and versatile timber has been treasured by carpenters and sculptors alike all over the world since antiquity. Much to the tree’s formidable physical presence and longevity, its seeds, the walnuts are a delicious way to add extra nutrition, flavor and crunch to a lot of kinds of meals.

walnuts2Walnuts not only do they taste great but they are also a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Walnuts are also rich in antioxidants, such as manganese and copper. In addition, many other minerals are provided by walnuts in valuable amounts, such as calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc.

Walnut trees have been cultivated for thousands of years in Greece. In antiquity they called them “καρύα”and “κάρυον” (karia and karion) and that’s how its contemporary Greek name “karidi” is derived.

In Greece the annual production of walnuts is 25,000 tons and while walnuts are harvested in December, they are available year round. Local production is centered mainly around Central Greece, Fthiotida, Thessaly and Imathia, but there are also cultivations in Evia, the Peloponnese and Crete.  

Enjoy your walnuts like a Greek, just chop and serve as a topping with honey on Greek yogurt, or enjoy the traditional pastry loukoumades with a handful of walnuts if you happen to visit Greece. Should you wish to give it a try and make your own loukoumades, meaning fried dough puffs with honey, here you’ll find our recipe.

MLGFB Tip:

How to store walnuts: due to their high polyunsaturated fat content, walnuts are extremely perishable and care should be taken in their storage.

  • Shelled walnuts should be stored in an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator, where they will keep for six months, or the freezer, where they will last for one year.
  • Unshelled walnuts should preferably be stored in the refrigerator, although as long as you keep them in a cool, dry, dark place they will stay fresh for up to six months.
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