The wild Black Walnut has forever been a natural treasure people across the country, largely in the Midwest, have harvested by hand to use in their families’ recipes that have been passed down through generations. So it’s no surprise that the distinct flavor and outstanding nutrition of the Black Walnut have attracted the attention of chefs all over the world, making Black Walnuts the (not-so) up-and-coming ingredient in food trends today.
The complex flavor of Black Walnuts is the secret ingredient many chefs use to add depth to their menus. The versatility of Black Walnuts allows chefs to push their boundaries and explore the possibilities of their culinary techniques and flavor combinations. Here’s just a little taste of some restaurants across the country where their chefs are using Black Walnuts.
Foie Gras Candy Bar
INGREDIENTS: Black Walnuts, pretzel, caramel
“My favorite is the foie gras, topped with black walnuts and pretzel bits and enrobed in chocolate — the most luxurious chocolate bar you’ve likely ever seen.” – Phil Vettel, Contact Report, Chicago Tribune
Miso Glazed Eggplant
INGREDIENTS: Lentil, roasted pepper, almond, truffle, tahini yogurt, Black Walnut pesto
Grilled Artichoke & Pesto Pizza
INGREDIENTS: Artichoke, spinach, summer squash, Black Walnut pesto, lemon, aleppo chili, vegan almond ricotta
Chef David Levi
*As seen in Our State Magazine
INGREDIENTS: spicy ’nduja, a spreadable Italian salami, earthy kale and black walnut pesto
*As seen on the Ascari Instagram account
INGREDIENTS: Prosciutto, whipped ricotta, grapes, Black Walnuts, truffled honey
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