The walnut belongs to the walnut family. It thrives mainly on deciduous trees, and some species are of great economic importance. The stone fruit is large and aromatic. Walnuts are found all over the world, in Central Europe mostly the true walnut is found. Less common is the black walnut.
Walnuts come originally from Persia
The history of the walnut dates back to around 7000 BC. Originally from Persia, it reached China and Central Asia through trade. Later it was exported as far as classical Greece and the Roman Empire. So it also came to Germany, then in the 18th century the name “walnut tree” became common. In 100 grams of walnuts contain on average:
The walnuts and their ingredients
The walnut contains a lot of valuable ingredients, including a large amount of tryptophan. This is a precursor of serotonin, known as the happiness hormone. Thus, the consumption of walnuts can have a mood-lifting effect. Numerous is the number of valuable proteins, fats, fiber and vitamins contained. Among other things, it contains several unsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids strengthen the nerves and are involved in the development of the brain. However, all the ingredients in the walnut are in high concentration, so it is very high in calories.
Use of the walnut
Walnuts are popularly consumed as a dried fruit in Germany. Furthermore, they are used in the food industry. They are ingredients of numerous confectionery and confectionery products. Walnut oil is also obtained from the kernels. Preserved fruit and liqueurs are made from green nuts harvested in June. The preserved fruit is rich in vitamin C.
Mood enhancer for weight loss
Due to their ingredients walnuts are good for mood and increase concentration and memory. Especially when losing weight, they can thus be a valuable help. However, they should be enjoyed only in small quantities, as they are very high in calories. As individual dried fruits, for example, they can be used specifically as a small reward or to liven up the menu. Regular consumption of walnuts lowers cholesterol levels, as it has a regulating effect on the level of so-called “bad” cholesterol in the blood.