California walnuts are produced under stringent quality controls that exceed California inspection standards, reputed to be the world’s toughest. Handlers also meet individual customers’ standards and specifications. Many cutting-edge technologies are harnessed during the process in a sustained effort to bring consumers walnuts of uncompromising quality.
99% of the walnuts produced in the U.S. come from California
Not only do California walnuts account for 99 percent of the commercial US supply, but the Golden State is responsible for three-quarters of world’s walnut trade. Today, the Central Valley of California is the state’s prime walnut growing region. Its mild climate and deep fertile soils provide ideal growing conditions for the California walnut.
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Health Benefits of California Walnuts
Walnuts are a nutrient-dense food that earned one of the first approved qualified health claims by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for a whole food. Check out the abundant health properties of wonderful walnuts:
Walnuts are Packed with Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega-3)
Unique among nuts, walnuts contain the highest amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 essential fatty acid, required by the human body. As one of the best plant food sources of omega-3s, a one-ounce serving of walnuts provides 2.5 grams of ALA.
Walnuts are a Whole Food with a Unique Nutritional Profile
One ounce of walnuts provides a convenient source of protein (4 grams) and fiber (2 grams).
Walnuts Contain a Variety of Antioxidants
Walnuts offer a variety of antioxidants. According to an evidence-based review, antioxidants help to protect from certain chronic diseases of aging, including cardiovascular, neurological and anticarcinogenic ailments due to their ability to control free radicals, known to negatively influence healthy aging.
Walnuts Can Triple Melatonin Levels in the Body
We all need sleep to stay sane. Melatonin is one of the body’s sleep regulating hormones, so if you’re tired of counting sheep at night, maybe a pre-bedtime snack of walnuts would help you get some shuteye.
California Walnuts Have Plenty of Nutrients
Walnuts also contain: manganese, copper, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and calcium—all nutrients which are important to good health, and walnuts, like most nuts, can help lower cholesterol and improve heart health when eaten as part of a balanced diet.
Walnut Fun Facts
- Walnuts are the oldest known tree food — they date back to 10,000 BC!
- English walnuts (also known as Persian walnuts) originate in Central Asia and were introduced to California in the 1700s. 99% of the commercial U.S. supply and 3/4 of the world trade of walnuts now come from California.
- Walnuts have always been considered important for their medicinal properties, including curing bad breath, reducing inflammation, and healing wounds.
- The Greeks called walnuts karyon, meaning “head,” because the shell resembles a human skull and the walnut kernel itself looks like a brain!
- Like today, a common culinary use of walnuts in the 17th-19th centuries was in salads. Walnuts are only harvested once a year, between September and November.
- California has about 227,000 walnut-bearing acres, and in 2010 the walnut crop is expected to be 510,000 short tons, a record production!
- There are more than 30 varieties of commercially produced walnuts!
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