Walnuts are the oldest nut known to man, dating back as far as 10,000 BC. Excellent chopped, toasted, or glazed, the walnut, with its rich and satisfying flavor, lends itself just as easily into a roasted beet and goat cheese salad as it does into a dark chocolate brownie.

In ancient times, walnuts were a symbol of the intellect, as the intricate convolutions and shape of the nut resembles that of a brain. At that time, however, no one knew that walnuts were actually one of the healthiest natural brain foods in existence. Because of the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the walnut, studies prove that this nutrient-dense food can actually improve brain function, promoting fluidity in brain cell membranes and increasing their ability to transmit signals to one another. In addition to being a brain-healthy food, walnuts also contain higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants than any other edible nut.

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Recipes with Walnuts


Evan Bloom, Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Lemon Oatmeal and Walnut Crisps

Jen Musty, Batter Bakery

Turnip Soup with Pomegranate and Walnuts

Jake Des Voignes, Local: Mission Eatery

Nutloaf-Stuffed Delicata Squash

Green Gulch Farm

Articles about Walnuts

July 25, 2014

The Great Tomato Debate

Confused by terms like heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, and GMO? We’ll help you sort them out.

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »