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There are hundreds of web sites with walnut information on the Internet.  A favorite is the Walnut Marketing Board California Walnut Commission.   Have you heard of Walnut Wine?

Educators may download a free lesson plan at: http://www.walnuts.org/walnuts/wnt_educators.asp

Walnut facts you probably didn't know:

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Oldest tree food known to man, dating back to 7000 B.C.  Most trees are very productive for 30-50 years but its not unusual to see one at 100 years.

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The English Walnut is really from Persia.  The merchant marines that transported the nuts around the world were English.  The misnomer stuck.

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The Black Walnut is native to the United States though virtually all commercial walnuts are the English variety.  Though high in flavor they have a hard shell and poor hulling characteristics.  Black walnut trees are used for wood & veneer... furniture, gun stocks, etc.  In California they serve as excellent root stock for the 30+ English varieties.  Black walnuts are also deficient in beneficial omega-5 fatty acids.

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Joseph Sexton planted the first commercial walnut orchard in California in 1867 near Goleta, in Santa Barbara County.

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99% of U.S. walnut production is from California, primarily the San Joaquin and Sacramento valley areas.  40% are shipped to Japan, Germany, Spain, Italy and Israel.  Competitive producers are in China, Turkey, India, France, Italy and Chile.