What you need to know
This small, blond-colored shell only weighs a couple ounces but is packed with energy and a number of health benefits. Walnuts are rich in minerals, vitamins, and trace minerals. Walnuts are grown in France in the foothills of the Massif Central and Alps—two regions with well-draining soil that receive enough rain to ensure a high-quality crop. PDO certification for walnuts from Grenoble and Périgord guarantees that the nuts are high quality, cleaned, sorted, and dried according to traditional methods. The Franquette variety grows in both regions. Mayette and Parisienne walnuts are grown in Grenoble, while the Corne and Marbot regions can be found in Périgord.
Athletes like carrying a few freshly hulled walnuts in their pockets in case they need a snack on the road, but walnuts can also star in delicious sweet or savory recipes. They also make for a wonderful, tasty, and crunchy addition to a cheese plate or a dried fruit appetizer. So, get out your nutcracker and start cracking!
Rich in linoleic acid, vitamin B9, minerals, and trace minerals.
Sweet: chocolate, apples, and pears.
Savory: salads, poultry, duck breast fillet, roasted pork or veal, and fresh or dried cheese.
Wine: Banyuls Rouge, Macvin du Jura, and red port wines.