Crunchy, with a fresh flavour and versatile in the kitchen, Sorrento’s fresh walnuts are a very precious ingredient to prepare many sweet and savoury recipes. They go great with salads or first or main courses and are perfect combined with cheese or fruits such as figs, pears and apples. But that is not it, because they can also be included in bread, cakes and biscuits giving them that extra touch!
Main characteristics of Sorrento’s fresh walnuts
Sorrento’s fresh walnuts are entirely made in Italy. It is a seasonal product, and because of that you will be able to find it only in the first few weeks of September, usually in the fresh products area of supermarkets, but also, for the lucky ones, at the local farmer’s market.
Sorrento’s fresh walnuts are nothing other than the classic walnut, picked just before the natural fall from the tree. In this phase, in fact, the hull which is the green and fleshy pulp that encloses the actual walnut is not yet detached and it is removed manually at the time of purchase. They have a light, tender and humid shell and it is exactly for this reason that they have to be stored in the fridge, so that they do not go bad. When you have more walnuts than you actually need, what you can do is dry them and obtain the normal walnuts that you typically find all year round. The drying process can be in the open air or in a fan oven at a low temperature.
Sorrento’s fresh walnuts come with a bitter and slightly astringent taste, conferred by the yellowy peel which envelops the gherkin still fresh. It is possible to choose to leave the skin off or on depending on your personal taste. To remove it, you must be patient, but the effort will be worth it when you taste the white, sweet and crunchy gherkin. My personal advice is to not remove the light peel that wraps it, because despite its bitter taste, is the richest part in nutritional terms.
Often, fresh walnuts are confused with green walnuts, but be careful, they are not the same fruit! Green walnuts are June’s walnuts, fresh walnuts on the other hand are ripe, hence they are typical of the September period, but not dried.
Sorrento’s fresh walnuts and cardiovascular health
Sorrento’s fresh walnuts are a highly nutritional food excellent for our health because they contain vitamin A, vitamin E, B1, B2, folic acid, arginine, dietary fibre and mineral salts such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium and copper. While, from a nutritional and energy standpoint, fresh walnuts differ from the dry ones only for a higher water percentage.
30g of walnuts per day can keep cholesterol levels under control because they have a high quantity of polyunsaturated fat acids, the so-called “good fats” Omega-3 and Omega-6, essential for the correct functioning of the cardiovascular system. One of the many benefits of fresh walnuts is that, as opposed to dry ones, unsaturated fat acids have a lower level of oxidation thus boosting their protective abilities.
Circular economy: nothing gets thrown away!
With circular economy in mind, every single part of the walnut can be reused! From the husk you can obtain liquors (such as nocino) and aromatic wines; from the gherkin you can get walnut oil; from the shell of the Sorrento fresh walnuts, you can get a dye which is used at an industrial level and leaves of the plant can be used to prepare brews that have important officinal properties such as bactericidal ones. It is not a case that walnuts have always been considered precious especially as stock to keep during the winter months.
Visti i vantaggi ed i numerosi Given the benefits and several uses of walnuts, what are you waiting for? Go taste this product made in Italy! delle noci, cosa aspetti ad assaggiare questo prodotto esclusivamente Made in Italy?
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