According to traditional Chinese herbal medicine books and official records the walnut originated in Qianghu and introduced during the Song Dynasty. Walnuts are among the earliest cultivated fruits in the region, earning Hotan the nickname of “Walnut Township” in centuries past.
In Hotan the most common type of Walnut is the cardboard walnut, so-called because of its thin outer shell. The shell is often thin enough that it only takes one hand to break open the nut and eat the insides.
Walnuts are rich in nutritional value, with lots of protein and some vitamin A, B, C, E, K, as well as carotene and calcium. The nutrients of Walnuts are said to enhance memory, slow aging, lower cholesterol, and increase hair growth. In fact the Empress Dowager Cixi was said to attribute her longevity to drinking juice made from Walnuts on a daily basis. Walnuts have been nicknamed “”longevity fruit” and “wisdom fruit”.
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