Look for walnuts in the shell in the winter, when they are in season, and store them throughout the year. If you cannot find walnuts in the shell, purchase walnuts that are plump and fresh – never shriveled or rubbery. Try grinding up walnuts to make a flour for raw brownies or gluten-free pancakes!
- Walnuts have a high omega-3 fat content – just ¼ cup delivers 94% RDA for omega-3 fats. For this reason, walnuts can reduce inflammation, alleviate pain and lower blood cholesterol.
Nuts are concentrated, high-energy foods that are always good to have on hand in your pantry. Nuts are typically great sources of vitamin E and plant-based essential fatty acids.
Nuts are healthiest consumed after they have been soaked for some hours to improve their digestibility and increase their nutritional value. Raw, unsprouted nuts are difficult to digest.
It is best to buy nuts in the shell whenever possible, as this is their natural packaging. Stored this way they will keep for up to one year. To ensure quality, visit a shop you know has a high turnover to ensure freshness and taste the nuts before purchasing. Purchase organic whenever possible, as pesticides and toxins tend to accumulate in high fat food, such as nuts and seeds. Never buy roasted nuts, or those processed with oil, salt, sugar, or other additives. Roasted nuts contain rancid fats and are a source of harmful free radicals. Nuts should always be purchased raw and toasted at home if desired.
Store hulled nuts in glass containers in a dark, cool place – heat and light speed up oxidation. Hulled nuts will keep at room temperature for one to three months. The fridge is an idea place as it is both cold and dark; storing here will ensure freshness for up to six months. Do not store nuts in plastic.