Ever broken a tooth trying to crack open a walnut shell? Now you can do so by biting the inside as fake walnuts packed with rocks have been circulating Chinese markets:
At first glance, these walnuts look like normal, everyday unshelled walnuts. But once broken in half, instead of a delicious, nutty treat, unsuspecting buyers will be unpleasantly surprised to find a rock sandwiched between the walnut shells.
The sale of rock walnuts is becoming so prevalent in China that there is even a popular video on YouTube titled, “How to spot a fake walnut and the return of making fake walnuts.” According to the video, a fake walnut is dry and won’t make a sound when cracked.
This is just the latest chip in China’s dismal food safety record (not to mention your tooth), and with food scandals flying at us a mile-a-minute, shopping for food here can sometimes feel like being stuck between a “Chinese walnut and hard place.”
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].