Among gourmets, walnut oil is considered a particularly valuable, exquisite cooking oil. Especially the toasted and cold-pressed varieties boast an intensely nutty flavour, which makes them perfect for enhancing salads, pasta dishes, sauces and even desserts.
Refined walnut oil has a fairly unobtrusive flavour, but it can be heated to very high temperatures. It is especially suitable for hot cooking processes and the production of margarine and other vegetable-based spreads.
Improves your cholesterol
This oil can do more than taste good. Walnut oil has an excellent ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. These acids fulfil different functions in the human body: they support the cell regeneration process and have a lasting, positive effect on blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Boosts your pets’ health
Dogs also benefit from the excellent properties of walnut oil. Like us humans, they cannot produce the essential omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids by themselves. If you feed your dog a biologically appropriate raw-food (BARF) diet, we recommend this vegetable oil as a nutritional supplement. Alongside linseed oil and hemp oil, it is used by the animal feed industry in the production of dry and wet pet food.
Benefits your skin and hair
Walnut oil is a popular cosmetic oil. Because it contains a large amount of linoleic acid, it is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves it feeling pleasant and healthy. Its moisturising effect makes it a popular ingredient in skin creams, lotions, shampoos and shower gels. Walnut oil also makes for a great massage oil.
Painting with walnut oil
Besides linseed and sunflower oil, walnut oil is one of the most popular oils used in oil painting. When combined with oil paints, it can produce intensely vivid colours. The oil is also used for wood impregnation, as it protects the wood from external influences.
What is happening on the market?
The harvest season in California, the main growing region for walnuts, is near. In our last market report, we predicted an increase of approximately 10% of the previous year’s harvest (691,000 tons). This remains likely.
The official harvest report will be published in September. We will keep you updated about all new developments.