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Perspective

Walking into a situation where you know you are most likely the outsider, the one with the differing opinion, is not easy. It is something I am not very good at. But in all honesty, these situations can often times be the most rewarding. Putting yourself out there is vulnerable. Something that is not comfortable. There is a reason it is called stepping outside your comfort zone, because it is not comfy. That comfort zone can often times hold you back. Can keep you from experiencing some pretty awesome things.

As an agriculture advocate and 4th generation California farmer, I find myself at conferences and workshops quite frequently. Most of the time, they are sponsored or put on by agriculture organizations or support businesses. I attend with the objective to learn more about my industry and ways to better our business or my leadership skills.

But what perspective is that giving us? I am learning more about my industry but through the lens of like minded people. What if we started to…

Walnut Day

We all have our day. A day to celebrate you. Whether it's your birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, there is a day to celebrate you. There are also a million days to celebrate things. Pizza lover's day, Donut Day, Puppy Day, well today is National Walnut Day.


Today is a day to celebrate walnuts. I may be Almond Girl Jenny, but walnuts are a close second in my nut heart. My Dad is a walnut grower and I grew up surrounded by walnuts just as much as I grew up surrounded by almonds. Walnuts are my favorite baking nut. There is just something about banana nut bread that makes me happy.


Walnuts also make me healthy. They are a healthy punch of protein, fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, and healthy carbohydrates. Who knew one nut could have so many health benefits?


But did you also know that walnuts are the only nut that has any significant omega 3's? Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that is a plant based food source and walnuts are the only nut with them. Omega 3 is commonly found in fish like salmon, but also in walnuts.







Walnut production is nothing to be shy about either. They aren't just a small niche in California. They are the ninth largest crop grown in California with a crop value of $1.24 billion. They are a pretty large crop that also makes up 99% of the US production of walnuts. There are some states that dabble in walnut production, but we definitely lead.


California exports about one third of its production as well, helping to boost California's economy and job market. If you look at the world's trade of walnuts, California accounts for three quarters of it as well. They are one boost worthy nut that is going places, literally!



They are one productive tree as well. There are 315,000 acres of producing walnuts in California with the top five counties being San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Butte and Sutter. The trees can stay in the ground for 30-35 years. Making walnuts a good investment for the future!




So next time you think about what nut to add to your favorite baked goods, or need a healthy addition to that side dish of yours, consider walnuts. They are healthy, nutritious and delicious!




Want to learn more about walnuts? Check out California Walnuts to find out more!


Also Check out some of my walnut posts:
Walnut Bloom
Walnut Harvest
Walnut Zucchini Muffins








Until Next Time,
Almond Girl Jenny





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