Life Story of the Walnut

We weren’t kidding about the Walnut Research Conference. University of California Davis has held this conference every year, since the past 50 years! Technically speaking, a walnut is the seed of a drupaceous nut, and thus not a true nut but a seed. There are many varieties of walnuts but the most common one is the English walnut. There are many ways to eat a walnut, from raw to toasted to candied to pickled.

Walnuts are extremely nutritious. Walnuts have one of the highest antioxidant content compared to other common nuts. This helps prevent oxidative damage to the cells. Walnuts are also a rich source of omega-3s, which can help reduce risk of heart disease. They also contain plant compounds called polyphenols that may help reduce inflammation.