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This is the first Walnut Oil of any origin we have ever stocked and it is rather good. Produced for us in East Sussex in the South of England, using handpicked walnuts, it is full of flavour and has many healthy properties. The oil is light and fresh to taste and delicious when used to dress salads or cook at high temperatures.
How is it best used?
Walnut Oil is lovely to drizzle over mixed leaf salads, such as our Spinach and Walnut Salad with Goats Cheese and Apple, it can be used when baking cakes, when grilling fish or used for flash frying meats or vegetables in a Wok for example.
To start with, try dressing a simple Winter Salad with a mixture of Walnut Oil and one of our fruit vinegars, drizzled over some grated carrot, red and green cabbage and a handful of dried walnuts.
We recommend you try and create our Raspberry, Apple and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette which can be used to dress nearly all varieties of fresh green leaf salads, turning them from just boring plants to something really delicious.
The more creative you are, the more wonderfully versatile you will find our Walnut Oil.
How is this made?
To make our Walnut Oil, handpicked East Sussex walnuts were mechanically cold pressed and the oil filtered to produce a first class edible oil with oodles of flavour.
Our experiments with walnuts started in June 2013, after we found a source of British Walnuts in East Sussex. That led us to created the first ever British Walnut Liqueur. Walnuts ripen in early June in Southern England, and are traditionally picked on 1st June, the Feast of St. John, while still green.
In the Spring of 2014 we decided to have a go at picking some ourselves, on our 10th birthday, 1st July. An energetic few of the Demijohn Team from Oxford headed for the green and pleasant fields of East Sussex to pick and luckily it was the most glorious day. Blue skies allowed us to successfully pick over 40kg of the bright green nuts and our hosts kindly even let us have a swim after the hard work was complete.
I hope one day we might return for another walnut picking session, especially if the weather was to be that nice again and we are allowed another swim!