Walnut Tree Facts – English and Black Walnut Tree Wiki
Although there are various trees in the walnut family (Juglandaceae), with the term walnut we name mostly two different trees, the English walnut and the Black walnut. English walnut (also called Persian walnut) originated in Iran, while Black walnut originated in North America. Both are deciduous trees (the leaves drop when in dormancy) and live more than a century. Both trees are cultivated worldwide for their nuts and their high quality timber, which is widely used in furniture, car interiors, doors and gun industry. However, we can say that English walnut is cultivated more for nuts and less for timber. On the other hand, growing Black walnut trees for timber is very common in US and other countries and is regarded as an investment option that will make great returns in the long term (more than two or three decades from planting the trees). Black walnut (scientifically called Juglans nigra) can reach a height of 100-120 feet (30-37 meters), while the average English walnut (Juglans regia) reaches a height of 80 feet (25 meters) in maturity. Both walnut trees produce chemicals that are toxic to many plants (tomato, potato, alfalfa, blueberry, apple and many more).
The walnuts are the seeds of a drupe and can be eaten fresh or dried. The nut meat is widely used for baking and confectionery. It is widely added in ice creams, cereal bars and many other sweets and snacks. Nut meat from English walnut tree is also used for producing walnut oil, which is edible. China, Iran, United States and Turkey are the world leaders in producing walnuts.
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