This ancient food source is thought to be one of the most important historical nutritional footprints in the development of early European civilisation. Not only is thought to have numerous antioxidant qualities it is also packed with protein, vitamins and fatty acids that have great health benefits to the body. Indigo Herbs Organic Walnuts are from a producer that takes enormous pride in producing some of the best tasting walnuts that can be bought. We also sell an Organic Raw Walnut Butter that is one of the best Walnut Butters on the Market.
The origins of the walnut are thought to have come from Persia where the Juglans regia tree grows in the wild and is also cultivated on a wide scale. Evidence has found that Neolithic peoples were consuming and cultivating walnuts 7,000 years ago but it was the ancient Greeks and Romans that spread this nut throughout Europe. The Greek physician Dioscorides noted the medical qualities of the nut and used walnuts with other compounds to treat a variety of bodily complaints. Because of the popularity of walnuts as a medicine and food they became an important economic commodity to the Romans who promoted and traded the nut throughout the world.
The most common walnut is the Juglans regia which now grows all over the world. It is a deciduous tree that can reach heights of about 30 meters. It has a short trunk and requires full sun to grow well. The bark becomes grey to silvery when mature that expands on a short trunk. Leaves are alternatively arranged and range from deep green to yellow depending on season. The male flowers are catkin shaped and droop down in heavy bundles while the female flower are clustered and ripen into hard green fruit. Not only are walnut trees very striking the wood is one of the most sought after for its beautiful dark finish when worked. Piano parts made from walnut are thought to be some of the most exquisite which a rich complex character.