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Why You Should Harvest Black Walnuts

Why You Should Harvest Black Walnuts

Black walnut harvesting begins in the fall, sometimes as early as the end of August.  You can start getting excited now because that harvest will reap many benefits for nut lovers. Black walnuts are versatile in recipes, extremely healthy, and eco-friendly.

The black walnut adds a delicious, earthy flavor to food.  This is why they are easily incorporated into many different recipes.  Simply search “black walnut recipes” online and you’ll get a wide variety of different types of dishes that use black walnuts.  These include cookies, cakes, pies, salads, French toast, homemade trail mix, parfaits, oatmeal, and fish/chicken entrees, to name a few.  Of course with any nut, black walnuts can be enjoyed as a quick snack on their own.

Unlike other nuts, black walnuts have their own unique health benefits.  They contain the highest amount of protein of any tree nut so they will most definitely satisfy hunger.  Black walnuts help fight cancer, strengthen bones, and reduce cholesterol, high blood pressure, and the risk of heart disease.  Vitamin A, iron, and fiber are among the many vitamins and minerals contained in black walnuts.  They’re also naturally cholesterol, gluten, and sugar free!

The entire black walnut is biodegradable. The outside parts that are not edible can be used to make natural dyes and fertilizer. This is important because no part of the nut goes to waste. Black walnut trees reproduce on their own, so they are a sustainable crop.

It’s easy to see why black walnuts are a unique and special nut. Get pumped for the harvest and try a new black walnut recipe today to experience these incredible advantages for yourself!

Top 5 Healthiest Nuts

Top 5 Healthiest Nuts

In a world where everyone is so calorie conscious, it's nice to know there are healthy, satisfying, and delicious snack options like nuts. Nuts are high in protein and can be the perfect mid-day snack to satisfy hunger or add unique flavors to recipes. Below are the top 5 healthiest nuts you can easily incorporate into your diet.

1. Almonds
Almonds are known for being the nut highest in calcium and contain many other vitamins and minerals. They are great for your heart and may reduce the risk of diabetes.

2. Pecans
Pecans contain dietary fiber, which is great for your digestion because fiber helps your body cleanse itself of toxins. They also contain essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Research shows antioxidants reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.

3. Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are awesome because they are often used to infuse desserts with a unique flavor. They're also great for lowering bad cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory properties. A fun recipe to try with hazelnuts would be to make your own Nutella. Here is an easy 4 ingredient, healthy recipe: http://minimalistbaker.com/4-ingredient-nutella-vegan-gf/

4. Macadamias
Another nut known for it's delicious flavor in many desserts is the macadamia nut. Since they're high in healthy monounsaturated fat, they may help maintain balanced cholesterol levels. Once again, they are heart healthy and full of essential vitamins and minerals.

5. Walnuts
Walnuts are a hearty nut that can be used in a variety of dishes. They can help with maintaining a healthy weight and healthy cholesterol levels. They are the nut highest in alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 essential fatty acid, which is great for your heart. Check out this delicious recipe for Gorilla Wraps that uses walnuts as the base ingredient: http://kimberlysnyder.com/blog/2013/10/13/raw-taco-gorilla-wraps-2/

Hopefully you've been inspired to incorporate more nuts into your diet to promote a healthy lifestyle. They are a great option for those hungry and on the go.