Our first organic walnut crop
Sharpham Park, the champion of British Spelt, is delighted to announce that the first organic walnut crop has been produced for cooks and food lovers.
This exciting new super food from Sharpham Park will be available this October from leading retailers.
Walnuts were originally planted by the Abbots of Glastonbury and have always been part of Sharpham Park's farming economy and history. Twelve years ago, Roger Saul, the founder of Sharpham Park planted 300 walnut trees on his organic estate.
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- Walnuts are one of the few plant-based foods, which contain high levels of omega 3 essential fatty acids and are a vital part of a healthy diet.
- Recent scientific studies have shown that the consumption of walnuts may help in promoting healthy brain function.
- Rich in heart protecting plant serums, research has also found that eating a handful of walnuts a day provides protection from heart disease. Scientists found 'significant' improvements in cholesterol levels and blood vessel flexibility, which helps blood flow smoothly, just four hours after people consumed either the shelled nuts or walnut oil.
- Walnuts are a little powerhouse of nutrients, they are a good source of protein and fibre and micro nutrients including zinc, magnesium and manganese which are often lacking in Western diets.
'When I first found the remains of a monk's lunch of walnuts, scallop shells and chicken bones stuffed into the lime mortar of a medieval wall of Sharpham, I knew I had to grow walnuts.
What I didn't know was that it would take me more than 20 years to get there'.
Founder of Sharpham Park
SPELT cookbook by Roger Saul
Walnuts can be enjoyed on their own or used in a range of delicious recipes, some of which can be found in the Sharpham Park SPELT cookbook.
Delicious recipes range from Gnocchi with Walnut and Basil Pesto to Walnut and Stilton bread where the salty tang of the stilton gives it real depth and flavour, perfectly balancing the crunch of the walnuts. One recipe that is sure to become a firm favourite for any walnut lover is the Walnut and Coffee Cake with Grumble Streusel.
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