This section contains a selection of our favourite sayings and interesting facts about walnuts, hazelnuts, Nocino and walnut oil. If you have any of your own, please send them to us, we’ll be happy to publish them!
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.»
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.»
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’.»
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.»
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.»
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.»
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.»
Walnut leaves in herbalist shops
The walnut is a precious plant, of which virtually all the parts can be used.
In addition to its delicious nuts and its wood, which is used to make fine furniture, walnut leaves are also precious elements»
How to remove the skin from walnut kernels
Not all walnuts are the same. Depending on the variety, they can have a sweeter or more tangy, even bitter taste.»
Walnut shells as fuel
We are becoming increasingly aware of the environment in our daily decisions, in what we buy, how we use and dispose of it.»
The legend of the Benevento walnut
Long ago, it was said that on the night of San Giovanni, witches flew in the sky by the thousands, on their way to the great Sabbath held at the walnut tree in Benevento…»
Walnut, Bach’s floral remedy
Bach flowers – or Bach flower remedies – are a form of alternative medicine conceived by British doctor Edward Bach (1886 – 1936).»
Walnut shells for plants
Often, after a nice dinner with friends, we find ourselves snacking with walnuts, and at the end of the evening there is a nice pile of shells that are normally thrown away.»
Walnuts and saints
The symbolism of the walnut has always figured in many spheres, from folk lore, to mythology and rituals linked to specific occurrences.
We have discovered that even in the Christian religion, the walnut was associated with specific meanings»
The “power” of three-lobed walnuts
Have you ever found a three-lobed walnut? It is said that there is one in 150.000!
Usually, in popular beliefs, finding something rare means having lots of luck.»
The hazelnut tree in folk lore
Just like other trees, the hazelnut also has a special significance in folk lore.»
Walnuts in fairy tales
The walnut tree and its fruit have always occupied a position of note in the popular legends and fairy tales of great writers.»
The walnut tree in Greek mythology
The walnut tree is linked to numerous legends of northern, Greek, and Roman mythology.
Since in Greece they thought it was a gift from the Persian kings, the ancient Greeks called it ‘Karya Basilica’ or royal walnut, and considered it a prophetic tree.»
Dream of walnuts
Have you ever dreamt of walnuts?
Yes, maybe it is a little unusual but if it should happen, you should know that your dream symbolises the possible discovery of something that satisfies and makes you feel good.»
Born under the sign of the walnut
What is your sign?
If you were born between 21 and 30 April or between 24 October and 2 November, according to the Celtic horoscope, you were born under the sign of the Walnut!»