Heart healthy walnuts
Having evaluated the scientific literature on the potential health value of consuming walnuts, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration provided guidance described as a "Qualified Health Claim" to manufacturers for labeling of food products, stating:
"Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces per day of walnuts, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet and not resulting in increased caloric intake, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease."
That means you may be able to snack your way to a healthier heart with just a small handful of walnuts a day!*
Walnuts are also high in vitamin B-6, magnesium and dietary fiber.* They're a good source of potassium and iron, according to the USDA nutrition facts for a one-cup serving.*
Walnuts are totally versatile. They're great toasted and sprinkled on salads, soups and pastas; as the main component in creative vegetarian meat recipes (you won't even miss the meat if you get it right!), and in the classic walnut cakes and dessert bars.
The walnuts' journey from historic Persia to your plate today
Early history indicates that walnuts came from ancient Persia, where they were reserved for royalty.* Thus, the walnut is often known as the "Persian walnut." Walnuts were traded along the Silk Road between Asia and the Middle East. Caravans carried walnuts to far off lands and eventually through sea trade, and the popularity of the walnut spread around the world.
Today, the Central Valley of California is the world's prime walnut growing region. Its mild climate and deep fertile soils provide ideal growing conditions for delicious walnuts.