Thursday, February 14, 2013
Also, a Spanish study from 2006 suggests that walnuts are as effective as olive oil at reducing inflammation and oxidation in the arteries after consumption of fatty meals. The authors of this study, funded in part by the California Walnut Commission, recommended eating about ten walnuts a day to achieve such benefits.
For decease prevention, Relatively low in calories, almonds have more calcium than any other nut, making them a great food for overall health.
They are rich in fiber and vitamin E, an antioxidant too that helps fight inflammation and possibly health conditions such as lung cancer and age-related cognitive decline.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Saturday, February 9, 2013
In case you prefer the light-colored kernels, hull the walnuts immediately after they drop from the tree, because allowing the hulls to partially decompose before hulling may cause a discoloration of the kernels.
The hulls are thicker and fleshy at maturity. They could be mashed and removed by hand, but of course, using some mechanical devices such as a corn sheller make the job much faster and way more convenient.
Kernels that have been tempered before the shell is cracked are easier to remove. Soak the nuts in water for few hours, drain, then keep in a closed container for about ten more hours. The kernels should then absorb enough moisture to become tough, but still will remain loose in the shell.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Nuts were formerly regarded as high-fat foods and were therefore contraindicated for those for whom caloric restriction was required. The current acceptance that walnuts are no longer detrimental and may now be recommended for individuals at risk of heart disease has prompted a reevaluation of the possible role of nuts in the diet for diabetics.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Walnuts must be green and newly fallen or shaken from the tree. Processing should begin right away, because the walnuts will begin to decompose if left in a bucket or box.
Gathering the fruit is one of the easy tasks when processing walnuts. The next step is where the challenge begins. You need to get the edible nut out of its rock-hard armored casing. Squirrels, the masterminds of seed pilfering, figured out long ago how to get the job done with only their teeth, but we humans are dentally challenged by comparison. So, using our arguably superior intelligence and — we have invented all kinds of tools to crack walnut husks.
The most common and basic method of cracking the husk requires a hammer, a hard surface and a towel. Walnut-busting basics are predicated on the issue of extracting the nut without getting the indelible stain of the husk all over your hands, that is why a towel is in fact required. In the old days, slow food was the only food and often people gathered to make the laborious process of processing walnuts a party.
Once the walnut shells are extracted from the husk, you can soak and then cure the whole shells for storage, or you can skip that part and soak them for 24 hours prior to shelling. Shelling will reveal the treasure - nutritious nutmeat.