Nutty Walnuts

Walnuts, Juglans regia, are seeds that are borne by the trees belonging to the genus Juglans. Walnuts are basically seeds that are found in a leathery, green and fleshy husk that grow on the trees falling in the aforementioned genus. The husk of the walnut is not edible and the walnut has to be broken apart to reveal the kernel before consuming it if one does want to break their teeth.

There are a lot of trees falling into the genus Juglans but only three tree seeds are consumed, out of which the English walnuts are most preferred and common walnuts that are commercially available. Contrastingly, the English walnut has originated from India and the regions around the Caspian sea.

Care has to be taken to store them, failing which they are prone to insect attacks and fungi infestations. A fungal mold commonly attacking a walnut is something that produces a potent carcinogen known as aflatoxin. If found infested, not only that walnut but the whole crate of walnuts has to be discarded.

Nutritional information

Walnuts are a heavyweight when it comes to nutrition. A 100 gram walnut serving contains 15.2 gm protein, 65.2 gm fat and 6.7 gm of dietary fiber. A lot of essential proteins are included as part of the protein composition of walnut. Walnut is also plump with essential polyunsaturated fatty acids that are necessary for the body.

With being healthy as a diet, walnut has a number of meidicinal properties that is believed to be a cure for many conditions. Here are a few benefits that might interest you:

  • Heart health and circulatory system is maintained.
  • Effective in treatment of type 2 Diabetes.
  • Contains anti-cancer properties.
  • Helps in losing weight.

Walnuts are used as a topping in many servings and also used as part of daily diet in order to benefit from the above discussed effects.