Chilean Premium Walnut
Walnuts have been a beloved snack for thousands of years. In ancient Rome, people called them by their Latin name, Juglansregia, which means “Jupiter’s royal acorn.”
Walnuts originated in Persia and spread through Asia and Europe. Spanish missionaries brought them to California in the 1700s. Today, most of the walnuts in the U.S. are grown in California, but some are grown in the Midwest as well.
English walnuts, also known as Persian walnuts, are members of the Juglandaceae family, with pecans and hickory as close relatives. They grow in a tan shell about the size of a golf ball with a seam around the center. Split the shell at the seam, and inside you’ll find the bumpy, golden brown nut.
Walnut skin sometimes has a slightly bitter flavor, but the nut itself is mild, earthy, and a little tangy.
The eastern black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) is native to eastern North America, while the English walnut (Juglans regia) is native to Southeastern Europe and Central Asia. While both come from the same plant genus, the English is milder in flavor with an easier to crack shell. The black has an strong, earthier taste.
In 2017, world production of walnuts (in shell) was 3.8 million tonnes, with China contributing 51% of the total (table). Other major producers (in the order of decreasing harvest) were the United States, Iran, and Turkey.
Chile is the largest walnut exporting country in the Southern Hemisphere, and the third largest walnut exporting country in the world. Ten years ago, Chandler walnuts were brought into Chile from California. Now, this variant accounts for more than 70% of walnuts produced in Chile.
For walnuts of the same size, Chilean ones have 2% to 3% more kernels than ones from California. That Chilean walnuts are shelled by hand is also an advantage.”
Chandler is our top selling walnut seedling variety. It is known for its superior productivity. Chandler nuts are large with excellent quality, light colored oval shaped kernels, nuts have a thin shell. It leafs and blooms late, so it is more resistant to frost than other varieties
Fernor is a late leafing, highly productive French variety which is blight tolerant. It is often recommended for cold climates that are not suitable to grow Chandler. Fernor is highly productive and produces large fruits with excellent quality and flavor.
Franquette is a late leafing variety and it is very resistant to frost. It produces thin shelled high quality nuts nuts with good taste
Fernette is a variety with similar characteristics to Fernor. Its fruits are large and tasty
Walnut in India are found in differet sizes and shapes. The Indian walnuts are categorized into 4 categories viz., paper-shelled, thin-shelled, medium-shelled and hard-shelled.
Walnut varieties grown in different states of India are:
Jammu and Kashmir : Lake English, Drainovsky and Opex Caulchry
Himachal Pradesh : Gobind, Eureka, Placentia, Wilson, Franquetfe and Kashmir Budded
Uttaranchal : Chakrata Selections
Pricing of Walnut :
what will be the price for them? Higher quality nuts will sell for higher prices. Here are the factors that affect nut quality:
Kernel color: Walnuts with lighter kernel color will sell for higher prices. It is an important element in determining the walnut price.
Nut size: The larger the nuts, the better.
Shell characteristics: Walnuts that are easy to remove from the shell sell for higher prices. However, the shell should be strong enough to keep diseases and worms out.
Health Benefits of Walnuts :
Help prevent cancer:
Studies have shown that walnuts contain many nutrients like omega 3 fatty acid, phytosterol and antioxidants which not only prevent growth of tumors but also reduce the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer.
Good for a healthy heart:
Walnuts help in lowering cholesterol levels. They're rich in L-arginine (amino acid) and omega 3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) - two compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties and prevent the formation of blood clots.
Help with weight-loss:
Eating walnuts makes you feel full, which reduces appetite and helps with weight management.
Walnuts help in building resistance for insulin, control blood glucose levels and lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Eating walnuts during pregnancy helps in reducing the symptoms of nausea and in proper brain development in children.
Walnuts work wonders for the hair; they're rich in biotin, prevent hair fall, improve hair texture and strengthen them.
Walnuts prevent ageing because of their antioxidant properties.