Updated: Jan 14

If you are allergic to walnuts, or any tree nut ( like almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, or Brazil nuts, to name a few) you should definitely avoid consuming many of the items on this website. You also have our heartfelt sympathies because nuts are some of the simplest, healthiest and most delicious foods you can get your hands on.

Nowadays, the anti-inflammatory and brain health benefits of nuts are common knowledge. Walnuts in particular are one of the best plant food sources of the omega-3 essential fatty acid, alpha-Linolenic acid. This omega-3, along with their protein, fiber, magnesium and phosphorus content give walnuts a respectable status when it comes to nutritional value.

Science and nutrition notwithstanding, when I think of walnuts, I remember my childhood, a time when there were no computers, cell phones or video games, and the family toys were shared by six siblings living in a small apartment. Mom always had whole nuts on hand, and when we got bored, she’d hand out the nutcrackers and we’d happily get busy on the walnuts. To this day, when my bite of carrot cake includes a walnut, I remember sitting at our big oak table and enjoying those tasty walnuts with my family.

Consider bringing walnuts back into your culinary life, if they are not there already. Think salads (walnuts, cranberries and Gorgonzola), baked goods ( like date nut bread), rice pilaf, Dad’s favorite all-American stuffing for the Thanksgiving turkey or a nice baklava. My personal favorite? - a small handful of walnuts right out of the shell.