California Walnuts Blog

The California Walnuts blog is where we share Culinary Inspiration, tips for a Balanced Lifestyle, our Orchard Orgins and highlight our Holistic Community. We believe goodness stems from the simple things in life. We want to inspire your creativity and remind you to have fun, get out of your shell, and enjoy life to the fullest.

Culinary Inspiration
November 22, 2021

The Days of Christmas: 12 Holiday Cookie Recipes to Make This Year

Cookies are synonymous with the holidays. All in one, holiday cookies represent nostalgia, baking, gifting and a welcome for the big guy in the red...
Culinary Inspiration
November 19, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Entertaining

Whether hosting a brunch, planning a sparkling dinner party, or entertaining family and friends for get-togethers this holiday, these recipes, tips and tricks can help...
Culinary Inspiration
November 19, 2021

How to Make Famous California Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Make your holidays, or any day, more special with this recipe for California Walnut Cinnamon Rolls. https://walnuts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/California-Walnuts-Cinnamon-Rolls-CUT-3_1_50mbs.mp4 Why You’ll Love These Cinnamon Rolls These delicious,...
Orchard Origins
November 17, 2021

California Walnuts on the Menu in Japan

As a way to expand and diversify the market for California walnuts, the CWC targets the foodservice sector to develop a new avenue for high-volume...
Orchard Origins
November 15, 2021

Tapping Into Two of the Most Popular Food Trends – Plant-Based Eating and Taco Night – Helped Drive Consumer Demand for Walnuts

California Walnut Board has encouraged consumption of walnuts by linking to the ever-popular taco. The recent campaign capitalized on a timely – National Taco Day...
Orchard Origins
November 15, 2021

Commodity Boards Work Together to Fund New UC Research Assistants

County-based University of California farm advisors are a critical link between UC and USDA researchers and the industries they serve, identifying growers to participate in...
Orchard Origins
November 15, 2021

Open Agricultural Burning Phase-Out and Industry Incentives Updates in the San Joaquin Valley

During the early summer of 2021, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Governing Board voted to approve the District’s Supplemental Report and Recommendations...
Culinary Inspiration
November 5, 2021

Fresh Takes on Savory Winter Pies

Pies aren’t just for dessert; you can build an entire meal around delicious savory pies. The intense and robust flavors of fall and winter are...
Walnut Community
November 2, 2021

What’s the Saucy Secret? Walnuts!

No matter if you ladle, dip, spread or squeeze, sauces are a mainstream ingredient that add endless possibilities to the foods we eat. Sauces are...
Culinary Inspiration
October 26, 2021

Do More with Your Thanksgiving Menu with Scrumptious Side Dishes

The star of Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) is arguably the golden, gleaming, tender turkey. While magnificent, it’s the amazing side dishes that give the holidays their...
Culinary Inspiration
October 26, 2021

Pie Recipe Roundup for Your Fall and Holiday Menus

As we stroll into fall, and as harvest transitions to the holidays, we welcome pie in its many forms like an old friend. Nothing makes...
Orchard Origins
October 25, 2021

2020-21 Crop Year Highlights

During the 2020/21 crop year, the California Walnut Board and Commission continued providing value to the industry by building consumer demand for walnuts, providing industry...
Walnut Community
October 14, 2021

4 Key Snacking Trends That “Walnut” Disappoint

Heading into the fall and winter seasons, consumers are snacking more than ever according to market research company IRI. This is good news for walnut...
Culinary Inspiration
October 8, 2021

Delicious Air Fryer Recipes with California Walnuts to Try This Fall

As the air grows cooler, heat things up in your air fryer. This miracle kitchen gadget is a must-have for every home cook looking to...
Walnut Community
October 7, 2021

Plant-Based Made-with-Walnut Snacks Pack a Crunch at Natural Products Expo East

The trade show floor at Natural Products Expo East was teeming with a plant-based, all-natural array of food and beverage products. Companies from across the...
Culinary Inspiration
October 1, 2021

How to Build a Charcuterie Board for Any Occasion

You don’t have to be able to properly pronounce “charcuterie” to build an amazing (and visually stunning) board! We take grazing seriously here at California...
Culinary Inspiration
September 30, 2021

Making the Most of Fall Favorites

As summer winds down and we enter fall, it’s time to celebrate all the beautiful fall bounty. Whether you’re meal planning for your weeknight family...
Culinary Inspiration
September 29, 2021

3 Must-Try Plant-Forward Taco Recipes

Despite its Mexican origins, the taco is enjoyed and widely adapted in cultures and cuisines all over the world. Today, as more and more people...
Walnut Community
September 28, 2021

Love Your Heart

The Latest Research on Walnuts + Heart Health Heart disease has been the leading cause of death in Americans1, and caring for your heart is...
Culinary Inspiration
September 10, 2021

How to Make Walnut Cream & What to Do with It

Looking for a creamy and dairy-free way to add depth to your recipes? Our walnut cream recipe is a delicious alternative to cream and a...
Culinary Inspiration
September 2, 2021

Breakfasts for Back-to-Busy Season

A delicious and filling breakfast will keep you going no matter what the day has in store for you. With back-to-school season in full swing...
Culinary Inspiration
August 31, 2021

Globally Inspired Fall Baking

One of the most exciting parts about the change of seasons from summer to fall is the incredible baking that takes place. It’s a time...
Walnut Community
August 27, 2021

Food for Thought: The Role of Walnuts in Healthy Aging

Research on the role of diet and healthy aging continues to evolve. New scientific evidence reveals information on quality of life, independence, cognitive function, and...
Culinary Inspiration
August 27, 2021

Walnut Meat – Two Ways

Hi, there! B + T from Plant Power Couple here. We’re so happy to be working with California Walnuts to talk about one of our...
Culinary Inspiration
August 25, 2021

Do More with Your Fall Produce

As summer transitions to fall, it’s time to start thinking about all the ways you can use autumn’s bountiful fresh produce. From sweet breakfast treats...
Orchard Origins
August 25, 2021

Walnut Orchard Management Tips Before Harvest

The staff from University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) have put together 10+ tips to help you as you get ready for harvest. Read about...
Orchard Origins
August 25, 2021

Focus on Snacking with New National Retail Program in July

Nine in ten Americans snack at least once per day, and snacking is the top use of walnuts according to consumer research. However, walnuts are...
Orchard Origins
August 24, 2021

Walnut Research Conference 2020 Recap

The CWB’s production research program runs in an annual cycle culminating in the Walnut Research Conference held each year in late January. Following a call...
Walnut Community
August 20, 2021

The Power of Crunch

The term “crunch” packs a punch with consumers when it comes to sensory appeal and the foods we enjoy. Walnuts provide a satisfying crunch with...
Walnut Community
August 3, 2021

Walnuts Go Back to the Future at Sweets & Snacks Expo

For the first time since 2019, the California Walnut Commission walked a show floor looking for the latest trends, newest flavor combinations and the “wow”...
Walnut Community
August 2, 2021

Crunching the Way Through Sweets & Snacks Expo Walnut Products

You can’t spell nutrition without “nut,” and we were truly excited to see the variety of better-for-you snacks and confections that were exhibited at this...
Culinary Inspiration
July 30, 2021

5 Ways to Cook with Walnuts and Zucchini This Season

When it comes to zucchini and walnuts, the recipe possibilities are endless. Whether you’re visiting your local farmers market or grocery store, zucchinis are popping...
Culinary Inspiration
July 30, 2021

Quick, Quicker, Quickest: Time-Saving Recipe Ideas with California Walnuts

The start of fall means a return to your daily routine. Walnuts offer flavor, texture and nutrition your whole family will love, plus these made-with-walnut...
Culinary Inspiration
July 30, 2021

Do More with Your Grocery Staples: Lunch Ideas with Walnuts

Stuck in a lunch rut? These quick and easy recipe ideas can help you maximize the ingredients on your grocery list and will even help...
Orchard Origins
July 12, 2021

CWB Launches First-Ever Snacking Campaign

The California Walnut Board launched its first-ever Snacking Retail Campaign this July, to bring more attention to the benefits of walnuts as a nutritious snack....
Culinary Inspiration
June 22, 2021

5 Recipes to Make with the Kids this Summer

As summer vacation gets underway, it’s time to start thinking about how you can keep the kids busy when the days start to feel long...
Culinary Inspiration
June 22, 2021

How to Make Walnut Butter and What to Do with It

Walnut butter is one of the most versatile and delicious spreads you can make. It goes great on toast or an apple and can easily...
Culinary Inspiration
June 22, 2021

6 Walnut Ice Cream Recipes to Beat the Summer Heat

We can all agree that ice cream is essential to surviving the sweltering summer heat. And with the help of California walnuts, you don’t have...
Balanced Lifestyle
June 16, 2021

4 Power Snacks to Fuel Your Summer Workout

The weather is warming up, which means it’s time to get outside! While you want to take advantage of the great outdoors, don’t forget to...
Balanced Lifestyle
June 11, 2021

Fit on the Outside Doesn’t Always Mean Fit on the Inside: One Man’s Journey to Heart Health

Despite what seems to be growing attention on health and wellness over the past decade, heart disease is still the leading cause of death in...
Orchard Origins
June 9, 2021

California Walnuts in Spain – Digital & Retail Promos

Spaniards were looking for recipe inspiration as they increased home cooking and baking during the pandemic. Walnuts are the leading tree nut consumed in Spain,...
Culinary Inspiration
June 9, 2021

National Walnut Day: CWB & See’s Partnership

The email was opened by 88,000 recipients, with 33,000 interacting (clicking) on content within the email. To extend the promotion, California Walnuts posted a blog...
Walnut Community
June 9, 2021

Craveable, Crunchable Comforting Cookies Enjoy Staying Power with Walnuts

A recent story in Baking Business made the statement that nuts “provide unlimited opportunities” for creativity in baked goods. Walnuts in particular provide cookies with...
Walnut Community
June 3, 2021

Walnuts Correspond with Latest Flavor, Consumer Trends

Taste, flavor, sweet, salty, savory: How do we define these industry buzzwords and spin them into products that will make consumers readily grab packages off...
Walnut Community
June 2, 2021

Walnuts Prime Ingredient for Confection Connection

Comfort, nostalgia, taste and a yearning for something new are all main drivers in how consumers will choose their confectionery products in 2021. Walnuts and...
Balanced Lifestyle
May 26, 2021

Everything You Need to Host a Memorable Outdoor Gathering This Summer

After a year of spending time away from friends and loved ones, things are finally on the upswing. As the weather warms, it’s time to...
Culinary Inspiration
May 26, 2021

4 Delicious Snacks for Your Summer Road Trips

Summer is upon us and many of us are hitting the road! As you make your way down winding roads toward your destination, road trip...
Culinary Inspiration
May 26, 2021

Guide to the Ultimate Father’s Day Cookout

When it’s time to celebrate Dad’s special day, you need a menu that’s fit for a king. This Father’s Day cookout menu is the ultimate...
Orchard Origins
May 17, 2021

4th Annual American Heart Month Retail Program

The California Walnut Board wrapped up its fourth annual American Heart Month program in February. At the core of the program is a national retail...
Orchard Origins
May 17, 2021

CWB/CWC Conference Session Recap

The CWC is actively involved in advocacy issues impacting public policy, pending regulation, walnut market growth and expansion. The CWB is taking actions to be...
Orchard Origins
May 17, 2021

CWB Production Research Committee Report and Updates

Each year, the California Walnut Board’s Production Research Committee (PRC) meets in early March to review and discuss funding recommendations for proposals submitted for consideration...
Orchard Origins
May 17, 2021

Industry Spotlight – Dave Keyawa, Keyawa Orchards Inc.

Our Industry Spotlight highlights one of our own within the industry, and this month, we are featuring Dave Keyawa of Keyawa Orchards Inc. We hope...
Culinary Inspiration
May 14, 2021

6 See’s Candies Products to Indulge in for National Walnut Day

Nothing says celebration like a little indulgence, and National Walnut Day is our favorite cause for celebration! This year, we’ve partnered with See’s Candies to...
Orchard Origins
April 29, 2021

Sustainable Pest Management in the California Walnut Industry

The California walnut industry has long been known for producing high-quality, safe, and nutritious walnuts. Much of this reputation has been built by the Good...
Orchard Origins
April 29, 2021

Environmental Stewardship: Building a Legacy for Future Generations

California walnut growers and processors have spent more than a century caring for the land and sharing a commitment to consumer health. Like all agricultural...
Walnut Community
April 28, 2021

3 Tips to Raise Your Snack IQ

Snacking has been on the rise in recent years, with the vast majority of Americans snacking at least daily, if not multiple times a day....
Walnut Community
April 27, 2021

Sustainability a Year-Round Focus for Food and Beverage Industry

Although April is Earth Month, food and beverage manufacturers have moved sustainability initiatives and marketing efforts to a year-round commitment. Many of these companies formulate...
Culinary Inspiration
April 23, 2021

4 Plant-forward Recipes for Burger Season

If you’re trying to eat a plant-forward diet, cooking up a delicious burger might seem a bit counterintuitive. Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious plant-forward...
Culinary Inspiration
April 23, 2021

How to Make Walnut Hummus (& What to Do with It!)

Hummus is a hearty, plant-based spread that is traditionally made from mashed chickpeas mixed with tahini, lemon juice and garlic. It’s long been considered a...
Balanced Lifestyle
April 22, 2021

3 Simple Tips for Living a Balanced Lifestyle

Balance is a key part of life. Whether it’s finding work-life balance or eating a more balanced diet, we’re always striving to live a little...
Culinary Inspiration
April 22, 2021

5 Courses for Cinco de Mayo with California Walnuts

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a festive celebration of food, music, culture and heritage. As a bonus, Mexican cuisine offers many opportunities...
Walnut Community
April 12, 2021

Why Everyone is Talking About the Green Mediterranean Diet

There’s a reason the Mediterranean diet is consistently ranked one of the best eating styles for overall wellbeing. This year, both The Good Housekeeping Institute and US News and World...
Orchard Origins
April 2, 2021

The Importance of MAP to the Walnut Industry

Increasing consumer demand for California walnuts in key export markets is an important piece of the larger process of building demand globally. One piece of...
Orchard Origins
April 2, 2021

Technical & Regulatory Affairs: Intersection of Information and Advocacy

The CWC’s Technical and Regulatory Affairs team works on behalf of the industry to provide leadership for regulatory and technical issues, programs and initiatives to...
Walnut Community
April 1, 2021

Easy Ways to Support Gut Health, and Why It Matters

There’s no doubt that modern life can be stressful on many of us, and we’re increasingly learning more about how our mental health can directly...
Walnut Community
April 1, 2021

Walnuts Pave the Way for Clean Ingredient Plant-Forward Alternatives in 2021

As plant-forward trends reach global phenomenon status, their rising mainstream appeal is driving expansion into different categories and accelerating the demand for new formats and...
Orchard Origins
April 1, 2021

Industry Update April 2021

Dear Industry Members, The CWC continues to work on a multitude of critical issues on behalf of the industry. Many of these issues impact agriculture...
Walnut Community
April 1, 2021

Global Flavors Inspire Traveling Around the World with Walnuts

With less travel and many consumers trying to balance a mix of comfort and exploration, globally inspired foods are trending upward and inspiring U.S.-based manufacturers...
Walnut Community
March 30, 2021

Convenience Marks Prime Time for Walnuts to Hit Snackification Boom

All-day snacking is making a shift away from trend status to an integrated part of our lives. It’s now a “lifeline,” according to Mondelēz’s Annual...
Culinary Inspiration
March 24, 2021

Shake Up Your Spirits with Fresh California Walnuts Cocktails (and Mocktails)

If you’ve ever found yourself in a rut and wondering just what boozy concoction to whip up for the night, you’re in luck! We’re here...
Balanced Lifestyle
March 22, 2021

3 Spring Cleaning & Kitchen Organizing Hacks to Save Time

Springtime is upon us once again, and this year we’re taking a good look at our kitchens. With more time spent at home and in...
Culinary Inspiration
March 17, 2021

How to Make Walnut Meat (& What to Do with It!)

Plant-forward eating is a dietary lifestyle that emphasizes consuming more vegetables and fruits, along with nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes. While it does not...
Culinary Inspiration
March 17, 2021

9 Simple Ways to Eat More Plants

Plant-forward eating can be for everyone, whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or omnivore — it’s not about extremes at all. The plant-forward approach...
Orchard Origins
March 5, 2021

Industry Spotlight – Davin Norene, Big Time Farming LLC

This month, we are featuring Davin Norene of Big Time Farming LLC. 1. Why did you want to become a member of the CWC? The...
Orchard Origins
March 5, 2021

Millions in India See California Walnuts on TV

Through strategic diversification of sectors like retail, food manufacturing/industrial and foodservice, the CWB/CWC’s export and domestic marketing activities are designed to expand California walnuts use...
Orchard Origins
March 5, 2021

Getting the Most Out of Production Research

Each year, a portion of CWB/CWC assessments is budgeted to support production research aimed at addressing industry competitiveness, profitability and long-term stability. In 2020, $1.97...
Orchard Origins
March 4, 2021

Have A Plant®: The Plant-Forward Eating Guide

The Plant-Forward Eating Guide is a first-of-its-kind guide and framework developed by the CWB, in partnership with the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), that...
Culinary Inspiration
March 4, 2021

Add the Power of 3 to Your Spring Menu

Many of us are ready to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather and longer days as we welcome spring. In addition to getting outside more,...
Culinary Inspiration
March 2, 2021

Your Scrumptious Plant-Forward Easter Menu

The holidays can pose a unique challenge to those trying to follow a plant-forward diet. While plant-forward diets don’t entirely eliminate animal products, they do...
Walnut Community
February 26, 2021

Nutrition – It’s Personal

It seems like we’ve been hearing for decades about the best way to improve our health, with new eating trends coming in and out of...
Culinary Inspiration
February 25, 2021

Snacktime Solutions: Salted Banana Bread Muffin Tops with Walnuts

Get your sous-chefs ready, because this recipe is one that the whole family is going to want to join in on! Jeannette Ogden of Shut...
Walnut Community
February 24, 2021

The Truth About Women’s Weight, Midlife and Plant-Forward Eating

The transition to menopause, which is technically defined as 12 consecutive months without a period, can last up to 10 years. During the run-up to...
Walnut Community
February 22, 2021

Made-With-Walnuts Products Use Heart-Healthy Labels to Attract Consumer Attention

Yes, we love celebrating American Heart Month in February, but food and beverage manufacturers understand the importance of developing heart-healthy snacks that can be enjoyed...
Walnut Community
February 22, 2021

Plant-Forward and More Protein: It’s What Consumers Want

The versatility of walnuts has cast the ingredient in a new starring role this year: plant-based source of protein. Whether walnuts are incorporated in a...
Walnut Community
February 22, 2021

New Year, New You: Walnut-Friendly Products Fit Keto, Paleo Trends

Paleo and ketogenic (keto) diets are the hot ticket in 2021, both lending themselves to the potential of a fresh start to the new year....
Balanced Lifestyle
February 19, 2021

8 Simple Ways to Master Your Evening Routine

While there might not be a lot you can do about the daily stressors of life, you can improve your quality of sleep each night,...
Culinary Inspiration
February 19, 2021

A Modern Twist on 5 Classic Comfort Foods

We all have those meals that bring us comfort — classic recipes that provide nostalgia and take us back to childhood to remind us of...
Orchard Origins
February 2, 2021

California Walnuts Expands American Heart Month Program

The California Walnut Board is launching its fourth annual American Heart Month campaign in February, expanding its popular retail marketing program in an effort to...
Orchard Origins
February 2, 2021

A Proactive Approach to Orchard Planting

California’s orchards are a vital part of the local economy, providing over half of the fruits and nuts we consume daily. The caretakers of these...
Culinary Inspiration
January 28, 2021

13 Kitchen Gadget Recipes That Will Simplify Your Weeknights and Your Life

One thing we’ve learned in the past year is that simple is always better. Whether you’re finishing up a long day of work or trying...
Culinary Inspiration
January 27, 2021

Eat Heart-Smart With These Power Pairings

Every February, we celebrate American Heart Month and California walnuts as THE omega-3 nut (2.5g/oz) and the heart-healthy* properties this small but mighty nut offers....
Culinary Inspiration
January 27, 2021

Breakfast in Bed Is the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Treat

Breakfast in bed is a treat on special occasions, and what better time to whip up a lavish meal to share with your loved one...
Culinary Inspiration
January 27, 2021

10 Delicious Dips for Your Game Day Spread

It’s almost that much-anticipated time when people across the country sit down to watch the biggest football game of the year and feast on incredible...
Walnut Community
January 20, 2021

Walnuts Enhance Dairy, Dairy Alternative Products with Texture, Flavor, Omega-3s

Walnuts are a versatile tree nut that plays multiple roles in dairy and dairy alternative products. Walnuts can play a starring role in walnut milk,...
Orchard Origins
January 8, 2021

Industry Spotlight – Bill Carriere, Carriere Family Farms

This month, we are featuring Bill Carriere of Carriere Family Farms. 1. Why did you want to become a member of the CWB? I feel...
Orchard Origins
January 6, 2021

Multiple Studies Examine Walnuts and Heart Health

Last month, the California Walnut Commission (CWC) announced a new scientific and research partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) to support early career scientists...
Orchard Origins
January 6, 2021

Tackling the Rising Tide of Navel Orangeworm in Walnuts

Jhalendra Rijal, Area IPM Advisor, UC Statewide IPM Program Chuck Burks, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS Houston Wilson, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Dept. Entomology, UC Riverside Navel Orangeworm...
Orchard Origins
January 6, 2021

2020 Conference Recaps

California Tree Nut Conference In November, California Walnut Board and Commission attended the Virtual 2020 California Tree Nut Conference, hosted by West Coast Nut. The...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 22, 2020

The Easiest Health Hack for Better Well-Being

Achieving better overall wellbeing can sometimes seem overwhelming. Whether you’re challenging yourself to a new health or fitness goal, or prioritizing your mental and emotional...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 22, 2020

Mastering Your At-Home Workout

Working out more is a common New Year’s resolution, but in 2021, fitness goals feel all at once more difficult to achieve, and also more...
Walnut Community
December 22, 2020

Walnut Entrées Perfect for Plant-Based, Convenience Demands

Looking forward to 2021, there’s a plant-based revolution that’s due to make walnuts a prime ingredient for entrées that are both convenient and protein driven....
Orchard Origins
December 20, 2020

A Letter from California Walnuts

Dear Industry Members, Our communication with you is at the forefront of the CWB/CWC initiatives, to ensure that you are aware of the CWB/CWC programs,...
Culinary Inspiration
December 17, 2020

How to Make Your Own Walnut Milk (& What to Do With It!)

Walnut milk can be used in so many ways, in everything from your morning oats and smoothies, to your afternoon latte to your after-dinner night-cap...
Walnut Community
December 16, 2020

Plant-Forward Holiday Recipes To-Go

While offering a diverse menu can be a challenge year-round, the holidays especially can pose a unique challenge to those trying to cook for a...
Walnut Community
December 10, 2020

Clean Labels, Plant-Based Ingredients Top 2021 Trend Outlook

2021 trend reports are coming in, and Innova Market Insights has named clean label and transparency in its Top Ten Trends for 2021. ADM Investor...
Culinary Inspiration
December 7, 2020

Naughty and Nice: Better-for-You Holiday Treats

The holidays are usually when we tend to forgo healthy eating to indulge in classic holiday dishes and sugary desserts. But you can still indulge...
Orchard Origins
December 3, 2020

Fall Walnut Orchard Management Considerations

Yet another harvest has wrapped up. So growers can put their feet up until spring? Not quite. There are still many things to manage in...
Orchard Origins
December 2, 2020

Driving Demand in Domestic and Export Markets

Through strategically diversifying into sectors like retail, food manufacturing/industrial and foodservice, our export and domestic marketing activities are designed to expand California walnuts usage and...
Balanced Lifestyle
November 25, 2020

Home for the Holidays with California Walnuts

The holiday season is a very special time of year when we can relax, set aside the year’s worries, and welcome the comfort and joy...
Culinary Inspiration
November 24, 2020

Must-Haves for Your Christmas Brunch

On Christmas morning, the house buzzes with holiday excitement as the kids run down the stairs and surround the tree. As the family gathers, the...
Culinary Inspiration
November 24, 2020

Your Scrumptious Plant-Forward Christmas & Hanukkah Menu Guide

The holidays can pose a unique challenge to those trying to follow a plant-forward diet. While plant-forward diets don’t entirely eliminate animal products, they do...
Walnut Community
November 19, 2020

Chefs Battle It Out

And the winner is…Chef Jason Heiselman! October 28 marked the long-awaited Walnuts@Work Live. And many of you tuned in. The virtual event featured a final...
Walnut Community
November 7, 2020

Packaged Walnuts, Trail Mixes Make Grab-and-Go Snacking Even Tastier

Grab-and-go sales are up! Convenience is a factor yet again, and packaged walnuts and trail mixes are a handy, delicious and nutritious choice for a...
Balanced Lifestyle
November 5, 2020

12 Ways to Treat Yourself This Holiday Season

While it may be the most wonderful time of the year, the holidays can be stressful for some. In between all of the baking, planning,...
Culinary Inspiration
November 4, 2020

Cozy Up With a Creamy Plant-Forward Soup

This rich and creamy soup is made with plant-forward ingredients like roasted cauliflower and cannellini beans. California walnuts are added to the soup base as...
Culinary Inspiration
October 29, 2020

Quick-Prep Weeknight Dinners with Walnuts

As we dive into fall, that means the inevitable: schedules are filling up faster than we can imagine, kids are loaded down with homework, and...
Walnut Community
October 27, 2020

All-Day Snacking Trend Positions Walnuts as Go-To Nut

Americans are forgoing three square meals a day, opting for full-force snackification, a term that perhaps unsurprisingly was coined by consumers themselves. Walnuts are a...
Walnut Community
October 20, 2020

The Time-Honored Tradition of Walnuts in Artisan Breads

Walnuts are a traditional staple in artisan and sweet loaf breads, and now more than ever, consumers are seeking comfort through baked goods with wholesome...
Culinary Inspiration
October 20, 2020

Plan Your Thanksgiving Spread Using These 4 Pantry Staples

“Pantry staples” has to be one of the most common terms nowadays when it comes to groceries. These must-have items ensure you can always whip...
Culinary Inspiration
October 15, 2020

Plan Seven Days of Breakfasts With California Walnuts

Breakfast: It’s in the name — when we break our biggest fast, we need to fill ourselves with food that will jump-start the day ahead!...
Culinary Inspiration
October 14, 2020

6 Meal Prep Hacks to Get You Through the Week

Do you ever find yourself wishing there were 25 hours in a day? Just one more hour, and you could do so much more? Well,...
Culinary Inspiration
October 14, 2020

Swap Your Favorite Soup Recipes With Friends This Season

Almost everyone is familiar with the traditional cookie exchange, but this year is a great time to step it up a notch! The arrival of...
Culinary Inspiration
October 14, 2020

Your Scrumptious Plant-Forward Thanksgiving & Friendsgiving Holiday Menu Guide

Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving holidays can pose a unique challenge to those trying to follow a plant-forward diet. While plant-forward diets don’t entirely eliminate animal products,...
Culinary Inspiration
October 12, 2020

Make a Sizzling Side Dish with Sichuan Green Beans

We know how it is … week after week, you’re trying to come up with dinner options that will please the entire family, that are...
Walnut Community
October 7, 2020

How to Enjoy a Bountiful Harvest Season This Fall

Summer heat is giving way to light breezes, and lush greens are fading to golds and reds. Fall has arrived, and with it, harvest! Harvesting...
Culinary Inspiration
October 6, 2020

Make It Meatless With This Festive Fall Galette

This savory Kale, Butternut Squash & Walnut Galette, featuring walnuts in both the crust and filling, makes a delicious and elegant vegetarian meal for Meatless...
Walnut Community
September 25, 2020

Chef Q&A: Chef Ivy Stark

Well known in New York for her Mexican cuisine, Chef Ivy Stark is also earning a name for herself with her plant-based dishes. At both...
Balanced Lifestyle
September 22, 2020

Your Kids Will Love These Socially Distant Halloween Activities

Halloween is quickly approaching, and with it the question of how to celebrate a holiday that typically includes congregating with large groups of people. While...
Culinary Inspiration
September 22, 2020

Bring the Flavors of Fall To Your Baking with Walnuts

Fall is in the air! When the afternoon breeze turns cool and we begin to plan for fall weather, the buzz of autumn activities comes...
Walnut Community
September 18, 2020

A Novel Approach to Mitigate Weight Regain

The idea of personal nutrition continues to evolve. A new human trial study published in Gastroenterology looked at fecal microbiota transplantation as a novel approach...
Walnut Community
September 17, 2020

Walnuts a Delicious Source of Plant Protein

Plant protein continues to grow in popularity according to the 2020 International Food Information Council (IFIC) Food & Health Survey. More than a quarter of...
Culinary Inspiration
September 17, 2020

Seafood Dinner Made Simple With the Zakarian Sisters

You can never go wrong with a good grilled seafood dish topped with a flavorful sauce, and parents love meals that are so simple their...
Balanced Lifestyle
September 17, 2020

What Makes a Healthy Immune System?

Maintaining a healthy immune system is always important, but it is especially top of mind today. What does it take to maintain a healthy immune...
Culinary Inspiration
September 9, 2020

Let the Kids Create This Sweet and Savory Snack

Snack prep that’s so easy a kid can do it? That’s what the Zakarian sisters have demonstrated in their latest recipe collaboration with California Walnuts....
Culinary Inspiration
September 9, 2020

Make the Most of Your Pantry Staples This Fall

The new work-from-home normal coupled with the start of the school year has thrown many schedules into a virtual frenzy, quite literally. With little ones...
Balanced Lifestyle
September 8, 2020

4 Ways To Stay Connected in Socially Distanced Times

Even though it’s not so simple to gather for group activities, plan activities inside homes, or meet up at a restaurant or bar for an...
Culinary Inspiration
September 4, 2020

A Guacamole Packed With Texture, Flavor and Crunch

There’s nothing quite like dipping into a bowl of creamy guacamole and taking that first bite of avocado accented with onions, cilantro and zesty lime...
Walnut Community
September 1, 2020

Walnuts as Versatile Ingredient Bolster All-Day Breakfast Trend

The atmosphere in which people eat, the time of day people eat and the ingredients that they seek are constantly evolving, and while all-day snacking...
Walnut Community
August 31, 2020

Products Geared Towards Kids Creates Better-for-You Options

Ask any parent: shopping with kids versus without is a completely different supermarket experience. Packaging and storytelling with characters, bright colors and magical words are...
Walnut Community
August 31, 2020

Top 5 Made-With-Walnuts Products in COVID Times

At the beginning of every year, experts make their predictions about new products and trends that they foresee taking off in the near future. But...
Walnut Community
August 21, 2020

Chef Q&A: Chef Kurt Kwiatkowski

As the Corporate Chef of Culinary Services at Michigan State University, Chef Kurt is responsible for all on-campus dining operations, feeding tens of thousands of...
Orchard Origins
August 17, 2020

Take Your Home Garden to the Next Level With These Simple Tips

Being home more gives us lots of time for happy hobbies. If you were born with a green thumb and you’re craving some homegrown goodness,...
Balanced Lifestyle
August 10, 2020

Fitting California Walnuts Into Your Active Lifestyle

Story time! Walnuts have been one of my favorite snacks for a long time. Honestly, my go-to snack in college was a handful of nuts....
Balanced Lifestyle
August 8, 2020

Nutritious Snacks to Fuel a Weekend Getaway

With the pandemic’s effect on domestic and international travel, your upcoming plans may look different than you expected. Fortunately, adventures can be full of unforgettable...
Balanced Lifestyle
August 8, 2020

Creative Crafting with California Walnuts

If you’re seeking creative ways to fuel your kids imagination, the solution might be in your very own kitchen. Walnuts are more than a delicious,...
Culinary Inspiration
July 29, 2020

Dig in to This Refreshing Summer Salad

Summer salads are one of the most classic side dishes of the season that everyone enjoys digging into. Whether you’re spending a leisurely day lounging...
Culinary Inspiration
July 29, 2020

Back-to-School Snacks to Beat the Weekday Slump

There’s nothing like the back-to-school season to inspire you to keep your mind sharp, and decades of research have studied the connection between walnuts and...
Culinary Inspiration
July 28, 2020

A Simple Summer Side Dish: Pearl Couscous Salad with Balsamic Glazed Walnuts

Summertime calls for delicious dishes that showcase the season’s best ingredients—like this Strawberry, Cucumber & Pearl Couscous Salad! Sweet and crunchy balsamic glazed walnuts, crisp...
Balanced Lifestyle
July 27, 2020

So Simple, So Good: Fun Ideas for Enjoying Time at Home with Your Kids

Life has definitely proven to be different these days. While most people are spending more time at home than ever before, that doesn’t mean what...
Walnut Community
July 24, 2020

Digest the Latest on Gut Health and Walnuts

More consumers are seeking foods that help manage risk factors and provide digestive health benefits, with 60-70 million people affected by digestive diseases. Good gut...
Balanced Lifestyle
July 23, 2020

Four (Simple) Family Fun Summer Night Ideas

I have waited for this season for nearly a year. Warmer temperatures, no coats needed and carefree days are much of what make summer my...
Walnut Community
July 23, 2020

Global Cuisine’s Influence on Made with Walnut Products

Thanks to travel, technology and innovation, the world is getting smaller and packaged ethnic food categories are more readily accessible than ever before. Global cuisine...
Balanced Lifestyle
July 21, 2020

No Camp? No Problem! 10 Social Distance Summer Activities to Keep Kids Busy

Summer is in full swing and might look a little different for your family this year. With social distancing still in place across the nation,...
Culinary Inspiration
July 15, 2020

Walnut and Mushroom Teriyaki Burgers Are Plant-Based Perfection

Who doesn’t love a satisfying burger come summertime? If you’re looking for a meatless alternative to add to the grill, try this plant-based take on...
Walnut Community
July 9, 2020

Trend Report: Walnuts Pair Perfectly with Savory, Salty, Sweet and Spicy Foods

In the nut world, walnuts have a unique ability to pair with a variety of flavors, from savory to salty to sweet to spicy. How?...
Walnut Community
June 30, 2020

Crunching Our Way Through New Walnut Bars

Food bars that are functional, provide all-day snacking and contain plant-based ingredients are trending with consumers. So why not grab a bar with an ingredient...
Culinary Inspiration
June 30, 2020

Master a New Skill in the Kitchen with Mango Summer Rolls

These Mango Summer Rolls with Walnut Ginger Dipping Sauce are filled with rice noodles and crisp, colorful vegetables and served with a zippy walnut-ginger sauce...
Culinary Inspiration
June 26, 2020

The Ultimate Summer Smoothie Bowl

When the temperature rises in the summer and we find ourselves looking for sweet treats to help cool off, we tend to turn to popsicles...
Walnut Community
June 26, 2020

Chef Q&A: Tamra Scroggins

After more than ten years leading the culinary team at Sizzler USA, Tamra Scroggins now joins us as the Director of Culinary at Daily Grill....
Walnut Community
June 17, 2020

Celebrating Walnuts in Candy During National Candy Month

June is National Candy Month! According to the National Confectioners Association (NCA), this is the month to celebrate chocolate, candy, gum and mints, along with...
Culinary Inspiration
June 12, 2020

Summer Snack Hacks to Make the Long Days Simpler

Summer is in full swing, and chances are your schedule is, too. Luckily, a few simple kitchen hacks can help keep your snacking game strong...
Culinary Inspiration
June 10, 2020

Shake Up Your At-Home Cocktails (and Mocktails) with California Walnuts

California walnuts have earned their place at the dinner table, in your afternoon snacks, and in the best desserts and baked goods, but the possibilities...
Culinary Inspiration
June 8, 2020

Your Guide to the Perfect Summer Celebration

Ah, summer. It’s the perfect season to get outdoors and make memories with your family. There’s just something about the season that brings a smile...
Culinary Inspiration
June 4, 2020

Sizzling Dishes to Add to Your Menu This Summer

Summer has arrived, bringing with it warm weather, sunshine, and longer days. With the bright colors and fresh flavors of summer ingredients, the food is...
Walnut Community
June 1, 2020

Feel Full, Physically and Mentally, with Walnuts

Many of us understand, or may have experienced, being “hangry” – that is, the anger or irritability associated with feeling hungry. What’s interesting is that...
Culinary Inspiration
May 27, 2020

A Sweet Snack Spread: Honey Walnut Butter

What’s creamy, sweet, delicious, and just waiting to be added to all your favorite snacks? That’s right, this Honey Walnut Butter has got it all....
Balanced Lifestyle
May 22, 2020

Take a Hike with Walnuts

While we’ve all had extra time to spend at home lately, it’s possible you’ve made your way through your TV watchlist and are ready for...
Culinary Inspiration
May 21, 2020

These Cauliflower Steaks with Walnut Gremolata are Plant-Based Bliss

If you find yourself in need of an effortless plant-based dinner that feels fancy and doesn’t skimp on flavor, try these Roasted Cauliflower Steaks topped...
Walnut Community
May 18, 2020

Classic Pairing of Bananas, Walnuts Thrives Through Evolution

Who doesn’t love a good banana bread with crunchy walnuts? Timeless foods such as banana bread provide comfort in staying the same. However, there’s an...
Culinary Inspiration
May 14, 2020

17 Things You Never Knew About Walnuts

For all you walnut lovers out there, get ready to celebrate because May 17 is National Walnut Day! With the versatility of California walnuts, there’s...
Culinary Inspiration
May 6, 2020

Trade in your Tuna Sandwich for this Delicious Plant-Based Alternative

This Chickpea and Walnut Salad Sandwich is extremely delicious, filling, and—best of all—packed with delicious plant-based ingredients! Chickpea stands in for tuna in this hearty,...
Walnut Community
May 6, 2020

5 Reasons Food & Beverage Manufacturers Should Use California Walnuts

Why California Walnuts? A white paper from the California Walnut Commission For thousands of years, walnuts have possessed many unique qualities. Today, those distinct attributes...
Culinary Inspiration
May 4, 2020

Put Some Pep in your Power Pairing with Walnuts and Bell Peppers

Bell peppers make a great addition to many kinds of dishes. Add them to stir fry, casseroles, and salads for a pop of color and...
Culinary Inspiration
April 29, 2020

Homemade Red Pepper Hummus is Simpler Than You Think

Hummus is a classic Mediterranean dip that can be found gracing almost any mezze spread or coupled in lunch boxes with fresh veggies and pita...
Culinary Inspiration
April 29, 2020

Snack the Med Diet Way With Walnuts

The Mediterranean Diet continues to be highly regarded, named the best overall diet by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a...
Culinary Inspiration
April 29, 2020

What’s Your Snacking Style?

We all have a snacking style. It’s that innate sense of flavor that satisfies our emptiness between meals and satiates the rumblings of hungry tummies....
Culinary Inspiration
April 28, 2020

3 Ways to Boost Flavor and Sweetness with Less Added Sugar

Craving comfort foods is normal during this time. But, now more than ever it’s important to ensure we’re filling our bodies with nutritious foods. The...
Walnut Community
April 24, 2020

Versatility of Walnut Butters Shines in Nut Butter Popularity

WB&J sandwich, anyone? No matter how you spread it, walnut butter is a creamy and tasty food. It offers versatility in a market trending toward...
Balanced Lifestyle
April 22, 2020

10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

As growers and processors of California walnuts, we feel deeply connected to the Earth. We’ve spent more than a century caring for the land by...
Culinary Inspiration
April 13, 2020

Asparagus, Goat Cheese & Walnut Tart

Savory tarts make a wonderful main course for a light lunch or brunch, and we’ve got a new one for you to try this spring...
Culinary Inspiration
April 8, 2020

Think Beyond the Pantry with Walnuts

Life may feel a little uncertain at the moment, but there are some things we can do to create more stability and better enjoy time...
Walnut Community
April 8, 2020

Made with Walnuts Snacks Take a Bite Out of Consumer Cravings

Sensory Appeal According to the American Psychological Association, our taste buds are chemical sensors that tire quickly. The first few bites of food taste better...
Culinary Inspiration
April 6, 2020

Meet the Perfect Power Pair: Walnuts and Carrots

When you start craving lighter, fresher recipes that will put a spring in your step, there’s no better way to satisfy your palate than by...
Walnut Community
March 19, 2020

Walnuts Provide Flavor, Texture to Plant-Based Foods, Beverages

Plant-based food and beverages are booming and show no signs of slowing. Product development from food and beverage manufacturers has been rapid, and consumers in...
Culinary Inspiration
March 13, 2020

Four Satisfying Walnut & Potato Recipes to Try Today

Walnuts and potatoes really are the definition of a power pairing when you account for how tasty and satisfying both are! They’re smooth, rich and...
Walnut Community
March 11, 2020

Myth Conception: Plant-Forward Eating and Male Fertility

The key to a healthy pregnancy starts before conception, as aspiring mothers are becoming increasingly aware of how diet and lifestyle choices may influence their...
Culinary Inspiration
March 11, 2020

Spring Forward with Fresh Recipes

The return of springtime brings sunshine, flowers and (our favorite) plenty of fresh produce. It’s one of the best times of the year to rethink...
Walnut Community
March 4, 2020

A Snacking Win for Women: Walnuts

For women who want an edge on wellness, eating the right foods can be simple, especially when you choose nutrient dense choices, like walnuts. Published...
Balanced Lifestyle
February 28, 2020

5 Ways to Add More Nutrition To Your Diet

Let’s be honest, by this time of the year, many of us are starting to slack on our health-focused New Year’s resolutions. However, March is...
Walnut Community
February 28, 2020

Embrace American Heart Month with These Made with Walnuts Foods

February is a special month to celebrate loving each other — and ourselves. It’s American Heart Month, and walnuts fit wonderfully with heart-healthy diets. Walnuts...
Walnut Community
February 24, 2020

New Product Outlook 2020

Walnuts are bursting into the new decade full steam ahead, no longer restricted to just the bakery aisle. They feature a variety of functional benefits,...
Walnut Community
February 24, 2020

Chef Q&A: Venecia Willis

This issue’s featured chef is Venecia Willis, Sr. Culinary Operations Manager for Protein Bar & Kitchen. Before joining Protein Bar in November of 2017, Chef...
Walnut Community
February 10, 2020

Walnuts Cited as ‘Superfood’ Complement to 2020 Diet Trends

Each new year brings a new set of trends, especially in the world of nutrition and dieting. And, 2020 is no different. Adapting a plant-forward...
Culinary Inspiration
January 31, 2020

3 Ways to Eat Heart-Healthy with Walnuts this Week

If you’re like most of us, overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions may be long-abandoned by now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still commit to...
Culinary Inspiration
January 30, 2020

3 Ways to Eat Heart-Healthy with Walnuts this Week

Valentine’s Day may be over, but we’re still all 😍. That’s because February is American Heart Month, a time to adopt heart-healthy habits in order...
Culinary Inspiration
January 30, 2020

3 Ways to Eat Heart-Healthy with Walnuts this Week

When you think of February, pink and red hearts and Valentine’s Day cards probably come to mind. But this festive time of year isn’t just...
Balanced Lifestyle
January 30, 2020

3 Simple Ways to Show Your Heart Some Love this Month

This week, we’ve got one more person to add to your list of valentines: you! With Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month both happening in...
Balanced Lifestyle
January 29, 2020

Your Guide to the Perfect Galentine’s Day

If you’re not familiar with Galentine’s Day, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day, set aside to celebrate friendship. The “holiday” was popularized by Amy Poehler’s...
Walnut Community
January 24, 2020

Private Label Goes Mainstream

Not too long ago, private label foods and beverages were simply known as inexpensive imitations of everyone’s favorite branded products. My how times have changed....
Culinary Inspiration
January 23, 2020

Rock Your Resolutions with Walnuts

After an indulgent holiday season full of sweets, treats, and heavy meals, you might feel ready to hit the reset button. Whether you’re trying to...
Walnut Community
January 9, 2020

Trend Report: Food Bars Continue Healthy Growth as Snack, Meal Replacement

The food bar category continues to show impressive growth, especially when you look at specific segments, such as breakfast/cereal and health/nutrition. In these segments, consumers...
Walnut Community
January 9, 2020

Cereal Companies Include Walnuts to Boost ‘Health Halo’

Walnuts are magically delicious and more and more cereal, granola and oatmeal makers are adding better-for-you ingredients to get consumers’ days off to a healthy...
Walnut Community
December 19, 2019

Walnuts Gain Popularity in Dairy and Dairy-Free Products

The dairy shelf at supermarkets has undergone a bit of a transformation in the last 10 years. The yogurt category has risen, and fractured into...
Walnut Community
December 18, 2019

Popular Flavor Pairings with Walnuts

Grabbing a handful of walnuts is a heart-healthy* way to indulge in nutritional benefits without the guilt. After all, just one ounce of walnuts provides...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 17, 2019

Mastering your Morning Routine in 3 Easy Steps

Whether your morning is filled with a bustling household of children, or you’re simply trying to get yourself to your first meeting of the day—mornings...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 12, 2019

Gift Giving Made Simple with Walnuts

Ditch the long lines at retail shops this holiday season and get creative in your gift-giving by incorporating California walnuts. California walnuts can make holiday...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 10, 2019

The Humble Walnut Has a Gilded History

The humble walnut has a rich and deep history, one that starts far off in Ancient Persia and reaches all the way to present day....
Walnut Community
December 9, 2019

California Walnuts Show Their Savory and Sweet Side at New Products Conference

The 37th annual New Products Conference was an exciting, three-day event, filled with innovations, trends and strategy discussions about the future of food. California Walnuts...
Culinary Inspiration
December 9, 2019

Savory Meets Sweet with These Walnut & Brie Puff Pastry Bites

It’s an age-old question: savory, or sweet? We say, why choose? For the best of both worlds, we have a new recipe that will satisfy...
Culinary Inspiration
December 4, 2019

Warm Up Your Winter with Walnut and Brown Butter Gnocchi

When the weather gets colder and you need a dinner that can warm you up from the inside out, it’s time to turn to comfort...
Culinary Inspiration
December 4, 2019

Bake Your Way Around the Globe with Walnuts

Baking during the holidays is a time-honored tradition. When searching for treats to try this holiday season, take a cue from our friends around the...
Culinary Inspiration
November 28, 2019

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with No-Bake Walnut Bliss Balls

Everyone wants a little taste of dessert at the end of the day, but wouldn’t it be nice if that sweet treat was also something...
Culinary Inspiration
November 26, 2019

Holiday Entertaining Made Simple

If you’re hosting a holiday party or dinner this year, you might feel overwhelmed with everything involved in orchestrating the perfect event. Fortunately, with these...
Culinary Inspiration
November 26, 2019

Pep Up Your Spinach Salad with Pomegranates and Prosciutto

Salads can have a reputation for being boring, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. Sometimes a little inspiration is all it takes...
Culinary Inspiration
November 26, 2019

4 Walnut Recipes for the Latest Kitchen Gadgets

There’s no doubt we’re in a new era of innovative kitchen appliances. Instead of specific kitchen tools like fondue pots and egg cookers taking up...
Walnut Community
November 4, 2019

New Ways to Snack with Walnuts

More than half of Americans snack daily, and snacking is actually the most popular way to eat walnuts.1,2 Simply grabbing a handful, raw or toasted,...
Culinary Inspiration
November 1, 2019

Pep Up Your Pesto Pasta with Walnuts

Need some help in the dinner department? The Pint-Sized Chefs are back again with their Spinach Walnut Pesto Pasta – just the recipe for you...
Culinary Inspiration
October 28, 2019

Pasta Potlucks are the New Cookie Swap

You’ve probably attended a cookie swap or a gift swap. But have you ever been to a pasta potluck? Intrigued? Read on! The holiday season...
Culinary Inspiration
October 24, 2019

13 Hacks to Make Your Life Simpler in the Kitchen

Life isn’t always simple. Kids get sick, cars break down, last-minute meetings are scheduled. With all that life throws at you, wouldn’t it be great...
Culinary Inspiration
October 22, 2019

Simple Salmon for a Savory Weeknight Meal

There’s something about a quick and easy, oven-roasted recipe that screams “weeknight meal solution”! But sometimes, those recipes can use a refresh. In order to...
Walnut Community
October 18, 2019

Camp Walnut 2019 Recap

A select group of industry chefs and foodservice media members were invited to join us at the beginning of the month for the 2019 California...
Walnut Community
October 16, 2019

What’s On The Supermarket Shelf? Going Wal-nuts for Halloween

The time-honored tradition of knocking on doors for candy provides more treats than tricks these days, and parents get just as much fun out of...
Walnut Community
October 15, 2019

Healthy Indulgence, Snacking on Display at IBIE 2019

The largest baking industry show in the United States recently took place in Las Vegas, and the California Walnut Commission was on hand to promote...
Culinary Inspiration
October 14, 2019

Fall Meatless Meals

Denisse here from LePetitEats.com. I’m so happy to be working with California Walnuts again to help inspire you to create more meatless meals at home!...
Culinary Inspiration
October 7, 2019

This Overnight Oats Recipe Will Make Your Mornings

For many of us, mornings can be hectic. Just getting yourself together, dressed and out the door leaves little time to prepare a well-balanced breakfast....
Balanced Lifestyle
October 2, 2019

5 Crafts to Keep the Kids Busy Through the Holidays

As the weather cools and the kids are indoors, ignite their natural creativity and curiosity with crafts. With Fall being walnut harvest season, they’re plentiful...
Balanced Lifestyle
September 30, 2019

Walnut Harvest: The Journey to Your Kitchen

Did you know 99% of the walnuts in the United States are grown in California? It’s a long road from planting a walnut orchard to...
Culinary Inspiration
September 26, 2019

4 Home-gating Snack Hacks for Sports Season

Whether you’re watching the big game with your family or hosting a “home-gating” party with friends, you can’t root for your favorite team on an...
Walnut Community
September 20, 2019

What’s on the Supermarket Shelf?

Welcome to our new blog where we’ll be detailing our favorite products on supermarket shelves that are made with walnuts! Each month, we’ll feature food...
Balanced Lifestyle
September 19, 2019

Diet and Reproductive Health – Is there a link?

With 12% of women and 9% of men in the US experiencing infertility1, or the inability to become pregnant after one year of trying, the...
Culinary Inspiration
September 19, 2019

3 Fall Drinks That Are Better Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Denisse here from LePetitEats.com. This fall I teamed up with California Walnuts to create some seasonally-inspired beverages! These three walnut-based drink recipes capture some of...
Culinary Inspiration
September 18, 2019

Take on Takeout with Homemade Honey Walnut Shrimp

We get it. Whether you’re shuttling the kids around from school to extracurricular activities or trying to do your grocery shopping and a yoga class...
Culinary Inspiration
September 12, 2019

Homemade Granola Bars are the Snack You’ve Been Missing

Everyone’s been there: that unfortunate time of the day when hunger creeps up on you, your stomach is growling, but you’re in the middle of...
Balanced Lifestyle
September 11, 2019

How to Pack a Lunch that Fits Your Lifestyle

Have you ever had that kind of lunch break where you’re able to decompress, release the stress of the busy morning, and have some quality...
Culinary Inspiration
September 9, 2019

6 Recipes Under-30 Minutes to Conquer Weeknight Dinners

Ever feel like the weeknight struggle is real? Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to put a balanced meal on the table that the...
Walnut Community
August 28, 2019

Chef Q&A: Eric Ernest

Meet Chef Eric Ernest, Executive Chef and Associate Director of USC Hospitality and the driving force behind its culinary vision and strategy. Prior to entering...
Walnut Community
August 28, 2019

Flavor Experience 2019

 We just concluded another exciting year at the Flavor Experience conference in Newport Beach, CA with California Walnuts as a Pinnacle Sponsor. This unique...
Balanced Lifestyle
August 19, 2019

Power Up Breakfast with California Walnuts

You’ve probably heard the old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” too many times to count. And while all meals are...
Culinary Inspiration
August 16, 2019

Meal Prep Ideas to Help You Get Back Into Your Routine

Planning meals in advance can save money, time, and energy, and it doesn’t have to be overly complicated or take hours to complete! With a...
Culinary Inspiration
August 14, 2019

3 Ways to Snack with Spiced Walnuts

No matter what’s on the agenda, one thing’s for sure – you’ll need sustaining snacks to help you power through your day. We’ve got three...
Culinary Inspiration
August 7, 2019

Making Your Meals Meatless

There are so many reasons to incorporate meatless meals into your life – increasing the amount of colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet, cooking...
Culinary Inspiration
August 1, 2019

Walnuts and Peaches: Summer’s Perfect Pairing

The bountiful summer season brings a decadent array of seasonal, farm-fresh fruits and so many ways to enjoy them. While peach season is in full...
Culinary Inspiration
July 30, 2019

7 Simple and Delicious Tips to Make Healthier Family Meals

It can be a daily struggle to keep the whole family eating well, especially with picky eaters in the house. Keep the whole gang happy...
Balanced Lifestyle
July 15, 2019

6 Walnut Crafts to Try with the Kids This Summer

If you’re staring down the days of summer wondering what to do with your kids to keep them off of screens, yet entertained, the answer...
Culinary Inspiration
July 11, 2019

Walnuts and Berries: A Nutrient-Rich Power Duo

California walnuts and berries may just be most perfect food pairing ever. There, we said it. The berry sweetness and savory crunch of walnuts make...
Culinary Inspiration
June 28, 2019

The Ultimate 4th of July Celebration

The 4th of July is filled with potlucks, picnics and pool days, so celebrate the day with a spectacular spread all your friends and family...
Culinary Inspiration
June 25, 2019

2 Ways to Grill with Walnut Romesco Sauce

Fire up the BBQ for grilling season! But before you turn to the standard burgers and brats, we’ve got a new summer grilling idea for...
Walnut Community
June 20, 2019

Walnuts at the Tipping Point in Foodservice: Azar Launches Walnut Crumbles at NRA

New product alert! We are excited to partner with Azar Nuts to debut a brand-new plant-based culinary product, its nature Walnut Crumbles! Launched in Chicago...
Culinary Inspiration
June 19, 2019

Walnuts and Avocados: A Winning Combination

Avocado season is upon us! But there’s so much more to this fruit (yes, fruit) than just guacamole. We’re breaking down all the ways to...
Culinary Inspiration
June 12, 2019

Spice Up Your Snacks with These Trending Flavors

Walnuts make a fantastic snack. They’re crunchy, filling and go with just about everything. Plus, one ounce of walnuts is a powerhouse of important nutrients,...
Balanced Lifestyle
May 31, 2019

Easy Ways to Train Your Brain Daily

Whether you are 21 or 71 years old, it’s important to actively work towards maintaining your brain health. Keeping your brain in tip-top shape can...
Balanced Lifestyle
May 24, 2019

Food & Mood: Exploring the Link Between Diet and Depression

Since it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to think about the many ways we can nourish and support our own mental...
Culinary Inspiration
May 23, 2019

Your Guide to the Perfect Summer Cheese Board

Summer means picnics, parties and gathering with friends and family—all great reasons to master the art of the perfect cheese board for entertaining! Don’t be...
Culinary Inspiration
May 15, 2019

Shake up your Shakshuka with Walnut Muhammara

You might have seen shakshuka popping up on brunch menus everywhere lately and wondered what it is. For those who haven’t been curious enough to...
Culinary Inspiration
May 10, 2019

The Beginner’s Guide to the Mediterranean Diet

You’ve probably heard of the Mediterranean diet, named the top diet of 2019. In fact, according to US News and World report it has been...
Culinary Inspiration
April 29, 2019

Pint Size Chef: Mother’s Day Donut Magic

Can you name a job that requires you to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for no pay and no days off?...
Walnut Community
April 15, 2019

The Future of Product Development on Display at Natural Products Expo West

Natural Product Expo West, the largest natural and organic products event in the world, hosted 86,000 people from 136 countries last month. They all came...
Balanced Lifestyle
March 29, 2019

How to Compost at Home

California Walnuts is a huge fan of the environment, and if you’re someone who cares about the environment too, loves to garden, or has a...
Culinary Inspiration
March 29, 2019

How to Plan an Eggstraordinary Easter Feast

Easter is almost here! So if you haven’t planned your big brunch or dinner yet, it’s time to hop to it! After the Easter baskets...
Walnut Community
March 25, 2019

Exploring Walnuts & Mental Health

More and more, consumers are looking for foods beneficial to overall wellness, including both body and mind.1 This comes at a time when the CDC...
Walnut Community
March 20, 2019

Dramatic Changes in the Eating Habits of American Millennials

According to the Department of Agriculture, in 2016, for the first time, Americans spent more of their food budget (50.2%) eating out than at home....
Balanced Lifestyle
March 1, 2019

6 Ways to Incorporate More Exercise Into Your Day

How often do you exercise? Exercising your body is one of the best things you can do to keep your health in top shape. The...
Balanced Lifestyle
February 28, 2019

5 Songs You Need to Add to Your Cooking Playlist

Every culinary adventure begins in a similar fashion. You find the perfect recipe, go to the store to get all the necessary ingredients, and you’re...
Culinary Inspiration
February 27, 2019

3 Meals Under 500 Calories

When it comes to fueling your body during a busy week, we’re often tempted to blindly reach for quick and convenient meals for lunch or...
Culinary Inspiration
February 26, 2019

Power Pairing: Walnuts + Mushrooms

Looking for a match made in culinary heaven? How about the amazing power-pair that is walnuts and mushrooms? Both are probably staples in your grocery...
Culinary Inspiration
February 1, 2019

Heart-Healthy Recipes for American Heart Month

February is famous for its emphasis on everything hearts. So this month, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month! It’s the perfect time to...
Walnut Community
January 31, 2019

Good Fats are Back!

January will always mean the start of New Year’s resolutions, the most popular of which are losing weight and eating healthier. While this may pose...
Walnut Community
January 31, 2019

Chef Q&A: Grant Morgan

Meet Chef Grant. As the Director of F&B for Velvet Taco, he is overseeing the aggressive expansion from 9 open restaurants to 40 over the...
Culinary Inspiration
January 30, 2019

3 Simple Ways to Surprise Your Sweetheart

How do you show your love for your sweetheart when Valentine’s Day rolls around? Let us count the ways! We believe the perfect Valentine’s gift...
Culinary Inspiration
January 30, 2019

4 Must-Try Breakfast in Bed Recipes

Valentine’s Day is a fun time to celebrate with the people you love – whether it’s a romantic partner, a family member or a best...
Balanced Lifestyle
January 22, 2019

The Walnut Growing Process

Have you ever wondered how walnuts are grown? It’s a long road from planting a walnut orchard to delivering fresh, delicious walnuts straight to your...
Balanced Lifestyle
January 16, 2019

Starting Your Own Herb Garden is Easier Than You Think

Have you ever wanted to start your own herb garden at home, but thought it might be too difficult? Don’t worry, you don’t need a...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 21, 2018

New Year, New You? Why You Don’t Have to Reinvent Yourself in 2019

The beginning of a new year is meant to symbolize rebirth, fresh starts and reinvention, but honestly, that’s a lot of pressure to put on...
Orchard Origins
December 19, 2018

California Walnut Grower Stories – Carl Cilker, Cilker Orchards

Let’s start with talking about how you became a California walnut grower. I kind of grew up with it, as our family’s been in the...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 15, 2018

Why Vision Boards are “In” in 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, many people are reviewing the past year in preparation for the one ahead. January is famous for resolutions. But...
Culinary Inspiration
December 11, 2018

Pint Size Chef: Risotto for Rookies

Risotto is an Italian rice dish that exudes decadence with its velvety texture, and known as much for its exquisite taste as it is difficult...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 11, 2018

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

‘Tis the season for whipping up famed family holiday recipes and serving special, homemade holiday desserts. With so many treats surrounding us this time of...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 10, 2018

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

A study examining people’s stress levels during the holiday season found that 31% of Americans describe the most wonderful time of the year as “frantic.” It can...
Culinary Inspiration
November 5, 2018

6 Types of Dessert Lovers

During the holidays, most people tend to steer towards traditional dessert recipes. Pumpkin pie, fudge, gingerbread houses, and sugar cookies are all popular standbys. However,...
Culinary Inspiration
November 4, 2018

Plant-Based Eating Made Simple

As the name implies, plant-forward diets simply feature more plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, rather than foods from animals, such as...
Culinary Inspiration
October 24, 2018

Trick-Or-Treat Yourself

This Halloween, trick-or-treat yourself to the savory flavors of spooky season! We’re going to show you how you can turn your everyday appetizers into hauntingly...
Culinary Inspiration
October 22, 2018

Meal Prep for Beginners

There are many benefits to meal prep. Planning meals in advance saves you valuable time throughout the week, but also allows you to carefully consider...
Culinary Inspiration
October 12, 2018

Power Pair: Walnuts + Pears

Walnuts and pears make great partners for sweet and savory recipes alike. They complement each other beautifully due to their opposing, yet balancing features. Whether...
Culinary Inspiration
September 23, 2018

Getting Creative with Fall Flavors

September is arguably one of the most beautiful months of the year, especially as the sun-soaked days of summer give way to fall. From Labor...
Culinary Inspiration
August 26, 2018

Why The Food Bowl Trend is Here to Stay

From grain to buddha to macro, poke and acai, meals in bowls are all the rage. Quick, versatile and packed with nutrients, there are endless...
Culinary Inspiration
August 23, 2018

3 More Reasons to Break Out the BBQ this Summer

Summer is here and that means BBQ season! There’s something about cooking food outdoors that makes it taste better. But, grilling isn’t limited to meat-based...
Culinary Inspiration
July 14, 2018

Sweet Summer Treats to Help Beat the Heat

During these sweltering summer days, we’re all about anything that will help us stay cool. And since it’s plenty hot outside, we prefer to keep...
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