The walnut harvest in Europe starts in October; the Californians send their uniform, high quality crop a little later.
When walnuts are farmed on any scale, as they are in parts of France like the Dordogne, the nuts are gently dried in huge ovens to make sure they will keep. A wet walnut is simply one that has not been dried.
Walnut oil has a rich walnut flavour and a high level of healthy fats to recommend it.
These light, crumbly little biscuits are just the thing to serve with home-made ice creams. They could also be packed into boxes or jars for a home-made Christmas gift. Walnut Shortbread can also be made in advance and then frozen.
Well, a crumpet pizza does make sense if you think about it – soft, squidgy bread that gets lightly toasted for just a bit of crunch, then all those wonderful holes so that the cheese and other ingredients can melt right down into it.
A spicy Peruvian dish with a wonderful and unusual walnut sauce, made simple with the help of a top-class prepared potato ingredient. Colourful and light, it makes a great supper or lunch dish for vegetarians.
Good old rice salad is an absolute must at a buffet party. This one, made with wild rice, looks very pretty with the jewelled colours of the dried cranberries and nuts.
A tin of cooked lentils allows you to rustle this lovely, French-inspired salad up in minutes. You could also serve it without the cheese as an accompaniment to chicken and fish. Let's raise the pulse rate!