Heartnuts are a cultivar of the Japanese walnut. These fast-growing trees are particularly suitable to the upper Midwest.
Nuts are high on the diet culture list of good-for-you foods, and heartnuts have been shown to be a particularly healthy nut -- high in fiber, antioxidants, and protein. The taste is sweet, mild and pleasing. A wonderful nut for cooking and baking, it is especially flavorful toasted.
The Heartnut's beautiful shells are great for crafting. They open into two flat heart-shaped halves, like a locket. The heart shape, sturdy structure, and texture work very well in wreaths and decorations.
Heartnuts are delicious toasted. They can be substituted in any recipe that uses walnuts. Heartnuts make a wonderful pesto. They are delicious in cookies and baked goods. The mild, sweet flavor is excellent with cheeses such as feta.
(Tip of the hat to Susan Amirian, Heartnut Diva!)
|Foliage:||large, lush compound leaves|
|Fruit:||Prolific nut crop in fall.|
|Lifecycle:||2 (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)|
|USDA Zones:||5 to 9|
|Soil:||well drained fertile sand and clay loam soils with a pH of 6 to 7.|
|Propagation / Germination:||plant 2-3" deep in loose, enriched soil|
|Water:||water seeds and young trees well|
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