Nicknamed the “brain nut” for their cerebral appearance, the walnut is a great example of form following function.
Walnuts do in fact benefit the brain (and the rest of the body) thanks to a high concentration of ALA omega-3 fats, with a quarter-cup providing over 90% of the daily value for this essential nutrient. Walnuts also provide a powerful cancer fighter called ellagic acid – that’s what gives them their distinct bitter bite.
The English (or Persian) walnut and the black walnut are the most commonly consumed varieties, which make a delicious addition to both savory and sweet salads and sauces, healthy desserts, snacks and more.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=13,541
Selecting and Storing Walnuts
Look for walnuts in the shell that are free of cracks or holes. Shelled walnuts should be meaty, plump and crisp. In their shell, walnuts can be stored in a cool, dry place up to 3 months. Shelled walnuts should be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 6 months or frozen up to a year.