I read that the global production of walnuts (in shell) was 3.5 million tonnes. I believe it. I also believe 1 million tonnes are produced by walnut trees in front of our house. Walnut trees are like a treasure hoard of pure and very tasty energy. We use the walnuts for cooked and baked desserts or ice cream – of course for decoration or roasted in sugar and honey. We also use them in salad and for sauce. Sometimes we even make walnut liquor. We save every year a small share for the birds to feed them during the very cold winter. Of course I have always walnuts in my pocket for the hungry squirrel, which will show up as a gready, nosy and adorable beggar in the royal park of Schönbrunn! And sometimes my mother use the large shells of walnuts, painted in gold and silver, for the christmas tree or for decoration.
We don't waste them, we treasure them!