Walnuts are a nutritional wonder
According to historians walnuts originated in ancient Persia and were reserved for royalty. Transported by the English Merchant Marines, the walnut made it's way to sea trade routes worldwide and hence they became known as "English Walnuts".
The trees flourished in the mild climate and fertile soils of California’s Central Valley. Today, California walnuts account for 99 percent of the commercial US supply, two-thirds of the world supply, and are well known worldwide as a top quality walnut.
Walnuts are a nutritional wonder full of antioxidants, Omega 3 fats and rich in nutrients. Not only can they be enjoyed as a snack on their own but they are also an excellent choice to enhance the profile of any product or menu.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first ever qualified health claim for a whole food in March of 2004: “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
A handful of walnuts has significantly more antioxidants than a glass of apple juice or a glass of red wine. One ounce of walnuts provides 2 grams of protein and 8% of the recommended daily intake of fiber.
The good news about the nutritional value of walnuts has helped to spur the growth of consumption worldwide. Food manufacturers, chiefs, and consumers who are looking for ideas and recipes on how to include walnuts in their products and menus can visit.
For more information on walnuts and/or our industry, please visit the below links
- Walnut Marketing Board · www.walnuts.org www.walnuts.org
- Dried Fruit Association of California · www.agfoodsafety.org www.agfoodsafety.org
- Dried Fruit and Nut Association of California (DFA) · www.dfaofca.com www.dfaofca.com
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) · www.usda.gov www.usda.gov
- International Nut and Dried Fruit Foundation (INC) · www.nutfruit.org www.nutfruit.org
- California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) · www.ccof.org www.ccof.org
- American Heart Association · www.heart.org www.heart.org
- Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America · www.ifanca.org www.ifanca.org