The ancient walnut tree seems to have originated in India or Persia and transferred in China around 150-140 b.C. The walnut tree nuts (walnuts) took their Greek name [karydia] according to Plutarch by "karos", because those sleeping under a walnut tree inhale its heavy scent and fall into a deep sleep. Walnuts were particularly popular in Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. The famous Pecan nuts - they look like big acorns, open easily, produce rich oil and flour for sweets - grow in the USA, Australia, Brazil. They reach the market in August.
- Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein.
- They are rich in natural fibres, B complex vitamins, magnesium and antioxidants.
- They contain significant quantities of phytosterols as well as monounsaturated and polyunsuturated fatty acids. They are "kings" of antioxidant action in the human organism, since they contain omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, while their contents in saturated fatty acids are low.
- Minerals, such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, copper and vitamins B6, E and K are included in its nutrients list.
- A handful of fresh almonds, Greek gravier, leavened bread and a glass of chilled Moshofilero. Can you think of a simpler gourmet indulgence?
Did you know that...
- According to a study of the University of Scranton of Pennsylvania, seven walnuts every day are enough to beat diseases leading to ageing, as they contain much more and more powerful antioxidants, more natural fibres, proteins and minerals compared to other nuts.
- A handful of walnuts provide the same amount of vitamin E as half a cup of olive oil.
- Fresh walnuts make no sound when shaken. The flesh must be always white and of course it must not have shells.
- Women must know that walnut oil has hydrating, anti-ageing, softening and toning properties. It also helps in getting better sleep due to melatonin.