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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Lard, honey and walnut bruschette

Difficulty: low

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.

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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!

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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.

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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,

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Mushrooms with walnut shells

This is a really easy activity that can also be done with children, either at home or at schoolmums, teachers, are you listening?

Here are the instructions to create a jar of mushrooms made with walnut shells.

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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’.

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Walnut pancakes

Difficulty: low

Preparation: 15 minutes

Servings for: 12 pancakes

Here is a delicious alternative to the typical American breakfast: walnut pancakes.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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.

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Baked pears with gorgonzola and walnuts

Difficulty: low

Preparation: 35 minutes

Dose for: 4 people

Salted baked pears are a delicious, very tasty vegetarian appetizer with a particular flavour.

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The advent calendar

Let’s prepare a very original advent calendar for next Christmas!

Don’t worry, it’s really easy and affordable!

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The nutcracker: history and cooking

Even though it is a commonly-found object in all kitchens, the nutcracker has a long history behind it, which began around 8000 BC, when nomadic populations still lived on the European continent.

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The benefits of regular walnut consumption

A recent study shows that walnut consumption can reduce age-related diseases and lead to better health during aging.

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The woodpecker

A couple of walnuts are enough to create together with your kids a sound toy: the woodpecker!

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A wish full of… walnuts!

Nowadays, people at weddings throw rice at the newlyweds, but in ancient Rome they threw walnuts!

This custom has very ancient origins, but it has kept its meaning over the centuries.

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Chicken in yogurt with walnuts and turmeric

Difficulty: low

Preparation: 10 minutes + 2 hours of rest

Cooking: 20 minutes

Dose for: 3 people

A second course that is appetizing and easy to prepare. The secret? Marinating in the refrigerator.

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Exfoliating soap bars with walnut shells

Do you love DIY cosmetic products?

Making exfoliating soap bars with walnut shells is very easy and takes less time than you would imagine!

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