The original nut
Did you know that walnuts are the oldest-known tree food eaten by man, or that walnuts are the most common nut used in American home-cooked recipes and restaurant dishes? In ancient Persia around 7000 B.C., English merchant ships first started trading walnuts along the Mediterranean Sea. Since walnuts were never commercially produced in England, people believe the name "English walnuts" originated from this historical trading. In the late 1700s, some Franciscan fathers from Mexico and Spain brought walnut trees to California, which now produces 70% of the world's walnuts.
Black walnuts, a popular variety of walnuts, are commonly used for cooking, baking and snacking. Despite a difference in taste, black walnuts and English walnuts have similar nutritional values.
- An ounce of walnuts contains 2.5 grams of alpha-linolenic acid – the plant based omega-3.
- An ounce of walnuts (about ¼ cup) is an excellent source of copper and manganese and a good source of magnesium and molybdenum.
See nutrition information for fat content.
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- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23 (2010), www.ars.usda.gov
- USFDA/CFSAN/Docket 02P-0292 July 14, 2003
- Nutrition labeling of Food, Code of Federal Regulations, 21 CFR 101.9, Release date April 1, 2010
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