How Do You Activate a Walnut?

Yesterday I went did one of my favourite things, wandered around the health food mecca that is Wholefoods. Determined not to leave without something to play with, I wandered round aisles of processed food gussied up to look virtuous and decided that I would instead buy the most bonkers sounding products I can find. So, let’s start with Activated Walnuts

At this point, I’m in the aisle with two questions running through my head…

1) How do you activate a walnut?

2) What happens if you do?

In my imagination I’m conjuring up a squirrel hovering over a big red button squeaking ‘we’re going to NutCom 1’ at which point a little walnut army starts to form across the globe.

The Facts About Activated Walnuts

Turns out it’s not quite that exciting. Instead, it refers to the process of soaking the nuts in seawater which helps reduce levels of substances in them called enzyme inhibitors that normally stop them from sprouting. Most people have no problem with these, but some folk find they cause havoc with their digestive system triggering problems like constipation, stomach cramping and bloat. As such, they might be able to eat activated forms of nuts with less after affects that normal nuts.

Removing the inhibitors is said to also release higher than normal levels of nutrients from the nuts, and, help avoid that nasty bitter taste they can develop.

I never knew that. Seems, however, the Aztec tribes did as this is the way they’ve been treating nuts for donkey’s years.

All of this pampering explains why they cost £4.99 for an 80g packet. That’s 15 walnut halves. That’s 66p a walnut. Ha ha ha ha ha ha…breathe….no sorry, can’t stop just yet……ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Admittedly they are REALLY good, but that’s more to do with the fact that the ones I bought were also covered in amazing dark chocolate. Seriously you can’t taste the nut. If I’m going to consume the Kobe beef of walnuts surely I should be doing so unadulterated, and maybe each one should come individually on a little cushion carried in by said squirrels.

Nutkin: Reporting for cushion duty. Mam.

Nutkin: Reporting for cushion duty. Mam.

Still if you like nuts and they don’t like you, maybe check out the activated nuts idea. It seems you can do it yourself without the hefty price tag. Here’s one handy post telling you how to do it, there’s lots more online


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