Product: Walnut Shells
Latin Name: Juglans regia
Plant Family: Juglandaceae
Other Names: Common Walnut, Persian Walnut, English Walnut, Royal Walnut of Juipter, Wallnuss, Welsche Nuss, Nux Regia, Akschota, Arbre au Sommeil, Coque de Noix, Tao, He Tao Shu Zhi, Hu Tao Ren, Nogal Inglés, Noix Anglaise, Noix Perse, Noyer Anglais, Noyer Commun, Noyer Royal, Walnussblätter, Walnussfrüchtschalen, Walnut Fruit & Walnut Hull.
Description: The common walnut is a deciduous tree, native to Central Asia and Northern India and naturalised in Southern Europe which reaches up to 35 metres in height. The leaves are alternate, ovate to lanceolate in shape, oddly-pinnate with 5–9 leaflets, with a central midrib and veined markings, mid-green in colour and 25-40cm in length. The tree has male and female flowers, the male presents as greenish coloured drooping catkins, 5-10cm in length. The female flowers are yellowish-green in colour and are grouped in terminal clusters of 2-5 which form a fruit with a ridged green outer shell.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that man has sent walnut shells in to space? NASA used pulverised walnut shells as thermal insulation in the nose cones of some of rockets. They also used ground up walnut shells that matched the same particle size of the terrain of Mars in simulations and tests for ‘Curiosity’ the unmanned rover and Martian explorer which landed on Mars in May 2012.
Walnut shells can be used to obtain a natural yellowy-green dye. Use them as a natural stuffing for homemade pin cushions, the natural oils in the shells help keep the pins clean and rust free. The shells can also be used to make abrasive cleaners for cleaning, note do not use on delicate surfaces as they abrasive action of the walnut shells can mark the surface.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.