According to Roman mythology, Jupiter, king of the Roman gods, lived on walnuts while on earth. How’s that for an endorsement? The botanical name ‘Juglans’ comes from the association with Jupiter. And, it's our most popular material variant. (Sorry, maple). Walnut is a popular wood for use in furniture and other fine woodworking because of its beautiful grain patterns, excellent color and workability. As an added perk, it gives off a nice nutty aroma when cut or sanded.
Our walnut comes from the Western USA. The leaf structure is recognizable, but less well known than maple: symmetric bunches of leaves, usually in odd numbers.