Black walnuts are calorie dense, high in protein and fat and with a significant number of necessary micronutrients. Their nutritional profile is likely comparable to that of the more common and more intensively studied English walnut. Data from one study which addressed this question is available here.
More work needs to be done to understand the nutritional profile of black walnuts. Our black walnuts come from a genetically diverse group of wild-grown trees and the nutritional content of the nuts likely varies from one tree to another so the study results above probably only approximate the nutritional profile of our black walnuts. It is well documented that English walnuts are a healthy food and it is reasonable to assume that black walnuts are similarly healthy. Black walnuts have a stronger, more earthy flavor than English walnuts. Ready to intentionally include black walnuts in your diet?
Cooking with black walnuts
Black walnuts are a North American heritage food. They were eaten by many Native Americans tribes and early European settlers. When early American recipes from the 1700’s / early 1800’s called for “walnuts”, it is likely that the author meant black walnuts. Eating black walnuts isn’t a new idea, it is an old idea which is new to many. Like any tree nut, ready to eat black walnuts require no preparation to make a great snack. They can also be included in a wide range of recipes. To share ideas, we’ve compiled a few recipe suggestions in the menu on the left and we are always on the lookout for more.
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