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Five things you didn’t know about walnuts

  1. Walnut trees can grow to 25 metres and live up to 200 years.
  2. There’s an old adage that waluts will grow where apples grow.
  3. Walnuts main claim to fame nutritionally are their high Omega 3 fatty acid content.
  4. Walnuts are high in protein, low in carbohydrates and contain a range of minerals including iron, copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
  5. Think beyond the fresh nuts; walnut oil, milk, and flour are all products increasingly used in recipes.

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Five things to make with walnuts

  1. Rocket and walnut pesto
  2. Walnut baklava
  3. Blueberry and walnut bread
  4. Broccoli, walnut and blue cheese pasta
  5. Waldorf salad

I’m toying with the idea of marrying the cheese course with dessert and creating a blue cheese and walnut ravioli with a red wine poached pear sauce. It will need a bit of workshopping, so stay tuned.

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