Nutty about nuts?

Walnuts contain protein, omega 3, fatty acids, vitamin E, B complex and minerals. They are said to be brain food – well they look like little brains, don’t they? – and studies suggest they can ward off Alzheimer’s, lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease and diabetes.

The ‘English’ walnut tree, Juglans regia, can grow to an enormous size here, with a full spreading canopy and a well developed root system. It will easily grow three metres a year if it likes the spot – and it certainly likes the P-O.

Some care needs to be taken over storage as they spoil easily if not cool & dry.

Walnut stuffed dates

Perfect with a glass of wine in front of a roaring fire on a cold winter’s eve.


12  dates, pitted
Pinch red chili flakes
12 walnut halves, toasted
4 slices lean bacon, cut crosswise into three equal pieces


Carefully make a lengthwise slit in each date, open gently and sprinkle with chili flakes.

Fill with a walnut half,  close the date around the walnut.

Wrap the bacon around the date and secure with a toothpick. Arrange on a baking sheet.

Roast or grill on high heat, turning until crispy, about 8 to 10 minutes, pat dry with kitchen roll, and serve immediately.

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