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!