Buy, Care & Store Walnuts
California Walnuts are known for their mild sweetness and light colour. To keep them fresh longer, always keep them cool.
Available all year round, look for Produce of California or Produce of USA.
Did you know that 99% of all US walnuts come from California!
Available in a variety of bag sizes. Look for them in the produce section, snacking and baking aisles at your local supermarket. Shelled California walnuts are available in supermarkets and independent stores year-round. Be sure to look for ‘California’ on the pack or simply ‘Produce of USA’ to be certain your walnuts are from California.
Typically found in the produce section. Buy for decorating, festive snacking, and for social after-meal ‘cracking sessions’. Most readily available during the autumn and winter months, so if you like to have in-shell walnuts on hand throughout the year, be sure to stock up in the autumn!
HOW TO STORE WALNUTS
If you buy walnuts in sealed packaging, you can store the walnuts in their original packaging. However, once you open the bag, transfer the walnuts to an airtight container to maintain freshness. If you buy bulk walnuts, either in-shell or shelled, place the walnuts in an airtight container for long-term cold storage.
COLD STORAGE = FRESH TASTE!
Fresh walnuts smell mildly nutty and taste sweet. You can maintain the fresh taste of California Walnuts by keeping them cool, cooling helps seal in the freshness. If using within six months, place them in the refrigerator. For longer storage, place them in a freezer. They thaw quickly and can be used almost immediately.
MORE STORAGE & HANDLING TIPS
When storing walnuts in your refrigerator, store them away from foods with strong odours (e.g. fish, cabbage, onions). Walnuts can absorb the flavours of other foods.
ONE FINAL TIP
Wait to shell or chop walnuts until you’re ready to use them. The same applies for ground walnut meal; don’t grind walnuts until you’re ready to add the walnut meal to your recipe. This will help maintain their great flavour.
BUYING FOR WHOLESALE?
In the UK the California Walnut Commission work with importers, wholesalers, nut processors, manufacturers and retailers – plus a wide range of organisations involved in the supply chain of walnuts.
To discuss supplying, wholesaling or promoting the California Walnut origin: