The West Virginia Black Walnut Festival will be held in Spencer, Oct 14th - 17th. Go here to read all about it. The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall will be there this year.
It's that time of year again, time for harvesting black walnuts. I've always heard that they start to fall from the tree after the first frost. Well, we've have several frosts and the black walnuts are on the ground.
We went to a friend's house and picked a bunch of black walnuts.
A lot of people don't like messing with them. But, they are worth all the effort. My son cut a hole about 1 3/8" to hit the walnuts through.
Be sure and wear gloves! I repeat...be sure and wear gloves!
Black walnuts stain just about everything they come in contact with. If you get the stain on you, it will take a while for it to wear off.
You need to get the hulls or husks (whatever you happen to call them) off pretty soon after you pick the nuts off of the ground. If you are squeamish, you might not like this job. Worms are inside a lot of the husks of the black walnuts. They are the larvae of the husk fly. This is normal. If you have a lot of nuts, you just need to get used to the sight of them.
Lay them out to dry. A couple of nice days is all it takes. Then have someone pick them up and store them in baskets or bags until you are ready to crack them and get out the delicious nuts.
I read somewhere that black walnut shells are one of the hardest organic substances known. If you have ever cracked black walnuts, you will agree with this statement.
I am going to wait a few more weeks before I begin to crack them. I will then put them in Ziploc bags and store them in the freezer.
I LOVE black walnuts. I put them in cookies, fudge, brownies, cakes, breads, etc. They have a stronger flavor than English walnuts. They are very good.
I found this cookbook at a yard sale or thrift store a few years ago. It is the W. Va. Black Walnut Festival Award Winning Recipes for the years 1955-1984.
Along with providing us with great tasting nuts, the wood of the walnut tree is beautiful. My son made this small bowl and vase from black walnut wood.
He also turned this beautiful bowl from the trunk of a walnut tree.
Do you like black walnuts?