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Walnuts

walnuts

An extremely ancient nut, dating back to 7000 B.C. They are the fruit of the walnut tree, which grows in temperate zones throughout the world. Walnuts come in a variety of sizes and types, the English walnut and black walnut being the most popular. English walnuts are the most widely available and come in many varieties, some with moderately thick shells and others with shells so thin a tiny bird can crack them open. Walnuts are available year-round and can be purchased unshelled whole, in halves or chopped.

How to Buy

When buying walnuts in the shell, choose those free of cracks or holes. Shelled walnuts should be plump, meaty and crisp; shriveled nutmeats are past their prime.

How to Store

Store walnuts in the shell in a cool, dry place up to 3 months. For shelled nutmeats, tightly cover and refrigerate up to 6 months or freeze up to a year.

Try it Out in a Recipe

Chocolate-Walnut Torte
Chocolate-Walnut Torte
Layer upon layer of rich dark cocoa cake filled with light and fluffy whipped cream, this chocolate-w...
 
Roquefort and Toasted Walnut Salad
Roquefort and Toasted Walnut Salad
An elegant yet quick-to-fix salad that features fresh greens, blue cheese and fresh chives....
 
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