This oil is made from walnut trees imported from Asia but very well acclimatized to different regions in the world. It is made by mechanical pressure from the fruit: the nut. This initially gives a paste. Then, this paste is heated and then pressed to extract the walnut oil.
It has a yellow, golden, or green color, depending on the origin of the nuts. Its texture is thick, its fruity smell evokes nuts, and its taste is quite pronounced and scented.
The composition of walnut oil also varies depending on its production method. It is best to opt for virgin walnut oil, obtained by cold pressing and of organic origin, to ensure its quality.
It has real nutritional qualities for different reasons.
- Contains few saturated fatty acids.
- It is rich in omega 6, 3, and 9.
- It also contains vitamins E and K1, polyphenols, and phytosterols.
- Like olive oil, it has a reputation in particular for preventing cardiovascular and neurological disorders.
- It is slightly laxative, which protects brain cells and the nervous system.
- It is antiparasitic and can help people with anemia and rickets.
- Reduces triglycerides.
- It prevents the hardening of the arteries and arteriosclerosis.
- Reduces the risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and cognitive impairment. In any case, of course, it cannot replace medical follow-up and treatment.
Seasoning your salads, vegetables after cooking, or soups after cooking with a tablespoon of the oil guarantees you the essential contributions of omega 3.
How to use walnut oil in cooking?
This oil is used especially in dressings or after cooking food to bring a little nutty taste to a pan of vegetables. It is not an oil that you can heat.
In mixed salads, green or endive salads, with asparagus… make a walnut oil vinaigrette, preferably choosing cider vinegar which highlights it well. This milder vinegar goes perfectly with the oil.
It can also replace sesame oil when making an Asian recipe. It also seasons the pumpkin or squash soup after it is hot and all the vegetables without a problem.
Another original recipe you can get from walnut oil and goat cheese. It is a method of conservation that brings a very delicate taste to this cheese. Put your goat cheeses in jars, fill them with walnut oil and add fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary.
After opening the oil, store it away from light and in a cool place. The easiest way is to put it in your refrigerator to keep it in optimal condition.
Precautions for the use of walnut oil
People who are allergic to tree nuts or other nuts cannot consume this type of oil.
It is best to buy quality, organic, virgin walnut oil. It is also best to buy it in a small container, as it gets damaged very quickly. Store it after opening in the refrigerator so that it retains its flavor and nutritional properties.