French eat approx 500g of walnuts per person per year - that’s 1 walnut a day, all year round
The Perigord region is considered one of the ‘cradles of the walnut’ and have been found among the remains of Cro-Magnon dwellings here dating back 17,000 years.
• In the Middle Ages locals paid their rent and debts in walnut oil.
• It can be used for cooking, lighting lamps and as soap
•During the 17th century export flourished to the U.K.Nowadays 25k tons are exported in Europe alone
•Annual production is 38,500 tons
•Key towns on the route are Martel, Domme,Hautefort and Collonges la Rouge
•Harvest in November
•French eat approx 500g of walnuts per person per year - that’s 1 walnut a day, all year round
•The Périgourdines have even produced a walnut flavoured fromage frais and iced lollipop...maybe one to try in the summertime!