There are several easy ways you can improve your overall health. One of them is to buy high-quality walnuts from Glenda’s Farmhouse and take advantage of the many nutrients in our nuts. Our Walnut Crumbles will even provide meatless protein in your meals.
Glenda’s Farmhouse is an Andersen & Sons Shelling brand named for the Andersen brothers’ mother. The Andersen family has been farming walnuts, prunes, and cattle in Vina, California, since 1904. They have merged with Western Nut Company and are expanding into new brands and other tree nut commodities, such as cashews, pecans, and almonds.
Juglans regia, the walnut species we know today as the English walnut, is the oldest tree food known to man, with cultivation dating back to Persia more than 7,000 years ago. They spread to the Caucasus, China, and were eventually cultivated across Europe and North Africa by the Romans. Walnuts were even found among other foods on a table in the Temple of Isis when Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed Pompeii on August 24, 79 AD.
Thanks to the ability of in-shell walnuts with their natural protective exterior layer to keep for up to two years at room temperature, they arrived at European ports and ports worldwide for trade by way of English merchant marines. Although they were never cultivated commercially in England, they came to be called the “English Walnut.”
Franciscan missionaries introduced walnuts to the New World in the late 1700s, and walnuts thrived when planted in Southern California. Large commercial orchards later spread to northern California and California’s Central Valley region. Today, the U.S. is the world’s largest exporter, and the California walnut is well-known as the top-quality walnut in the world.
Why Choose Walnuts
According to the USDA, walnuts are an excellent source of vitamin C, B vitamins (vitamin B6, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and folate), vitamin E, and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc.
They are 65 percent fat by weight and 15 percent protein and are richer than most nuts in polyunsaturated fats (the “good” fats). Walnuts have a relatively high amount of omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They are also rich in an omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid. These, and other beneficial nutrients, cause many people to think of walnuts as “power food.”