THINK SMART, EAT WALNUTS!
It is difficult to trace the native home of the walnut tree. Known since prehistoric times, the walnut has various origins, in East Asia, Southeast of Europe, North and South America. The Greeks gave it the name Kara (head), because of its resemblance with the human skull and brain. This similarity is the source of medieval beliefs of the healing properties of the walnut for any kind of headache. The world production of walnuts is spread across France, U.S.A., China, India, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain and Chile.
Australia grows walnuts but supplies only about six percent of Australian demand. The remainder are imported to Australia. Australian walnuts are mainly grown in Tasmania and Victoria. Walnuts grow in an outer green husk. Once the husk is removed by a huller, the nut is dehydrated and walnuts are stored until needed for cracking. After cracking walnuts get graded into two distinctive markets, in-shell and shelled.
The health benefits of walnuts are widely recognised. Walnuts contain no cholesterol and they contain protein and a lot of vitamins, minerals and anti- oxidants. Walnuts are also full of Omega-3, which is essential in reducing cholesterol, blood pressure and aids brain function.