Nuts are healthy, delicious, and a basic ingredient for an endless variety of recipes, from appetizers to sweets, for all tastes. We present here a rich collection of them along with many curiosities related to the numerous properties enclosed in this precious fruit of nature.
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Walnut husk: properties, uses and benefits
The walnuts we buy with the shell do not grow attached to the plant as we see them in the store. The shell is in fact protectedby an inedible pulpy layer, the mesh, which has a green colouration.»
Walnuts against study stress
Test anxiety? Thanks to a recent study it has been found that the consumption of walnuts helps to reduce the negative effects of study stress.»
Paccheri with walnuts
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes
Servings for: 4 people
It takes just a few minutes to prepare, just the time it takes to cook the pasta and you can serve it right away!»
Hot air balloons with walnuts
An activity requiring a fair bit of patience, but which will give you lots of satisfaction and is sure to be loved by children: hot air balloons made with walnuts!»
Eating walnuts to slim down
Our physical well-being is indispensable for our health, but also to feel better about ourselves. Moreover, as the summer season approaches, many are looking to get into shape, starting to diet and exercise.»
Origins and use of walnuts throughout history
The walnut is a plant native to Asia, introduced to Europe in the Archaic period for its edible fruits, and is considered one of the oldest fruit trees known to man.»
Lard, honey and walnut bruschette
Cooking time: 10 min
Preparation: 10 min
Servings for: 4 people
These bruschette are perfect as an aperitif, appetiser for a dinner with friends, or delicious snack, and are fast and easy to prepare.»
A Christmas centrepiece
Ready to decorate the Christmas table? Have you already thought of your centrepiece?
If not, you can create one with just a few items, all easy to find!»
Pellegrino Artusi’s Walnut Cake
Pellegrino Artusi is the author of the book Science in the kitchen and the art of eating well, published at the end of the 1800s, which became very famous at the beginning of the last century, so much so that it became one of the most read books by Italians, together with I promessi sposi (The Betrothed) and Pinocchio.»
Why eat nuts all year round
The experts keep telling us: nuts should be eaten all year round.
Nuts can help when we’re feeling particularly exhausted: with the right amount, in fact, these precious foods can provide the right energy to face the day,»
Mushrooms with walnut shells
This is a really easy activity that can also be done with children, either at home or at school… mums, teachers, are you listening?
Here are the instructions to create a jar of mushrooms made with walnut shells.»
Walnuts and Signatura Rerorum
When modern pharmacology did not yet exist, ancient doctors used plants and their extracts to cure or keep the body healthy, using the Doctrine of Signatures, also known as ‘Signatura Rerorum’.»
Preparation: 15 minutes
Servings for: 12 pancakes
Here is a delicious alternative to the typical American breakfast: walnut pancakes.»
Bird feeders with walnut shells
Especially during the coldest months, birds often struggle to find food.
Using walnut shells and other small items, we can build small feeders to offer food to wild birds.»
The walnut tree in peasant culture
In rural areas, the walnut tree has always had a very special meaning and charm. Due to its majestic size and great longevity, it can be considered the king of fruit trees.»
Consuming walnuts for better sleep
Eating walnuts before bed? Yes!
One study showed that eating walnuts would increase levels of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle.»
The Easter tree
Yes, you read that right… there is also an Easter tree!
Traditional Easter decoration from northern Europe, it is usually composed of twigs adorned with colourful spring symbols,»
Fra Galdino and the miracle of the walnuts
In Alessandro Manzoni’s most famous work, The Betrothed, much of the third chapter is dedicated to the walnut tree and the famous ‘Miracle of the walnuts’ told by Fra Galdino.»
Baked pears with gorgonzola and walnuts
Preparation: 35 minutes
Dose for: 4 people
Salted baked pears are a delicious, very tasty vegetarian appetizer with a particular flavour.»