We have a handful of Black Walnut Trees in the yard and we did a proud job of harvesting them
this last year (ashamed to say that we never really did anything with them before…what a mistake…they are delicious!)
But we are just NOW getting around to shelling them. They’ve been sitting in trays since september (outside even…thank goodness it has been a mild winter)
I was like 38 weeks pregnant when we were out collecting, so I stuck with picking up the fallen ones and Jon did all the climbing.
Baby came and let’s just say life has been FULL and the walnuts didn’t get any more attention until this past weekend.
We simply took at them with a hammer and a pick. It was actually one of those relaxing, mindless kind of jobs that I find rather refreshing. I also love the smell of them.
Most of the nuts are still in good shape, others are a bit more shriveled and kind of past their prime, (but still have great taste)
Have a lot more to do, but we’re getting there.
Will store them in the fridge and put ’em to use in baked goods and salads…..will also try out a batch of the Walnut Milk we did on one of our shows (only we had used English ones)….I’m thinking it will have even more flavor with the Black Walnuts. I’m also thinking a batch of Walnut meal/flour….It’s just fun to play around with things, isn’t it? It’s even more fun playing around with the things that you have growing right in your backyard.. Oh, and then there’s walnut stain we could make….this year, this year….
On a whim, found an interesting company here in the midwest that built its’ business around the Black Walnut….thought it worth sharing.
Cheers my friends to the Black Walnut! Any good uses/recipes you want to share?!