Shelling Black Walnuts: An Update

| 2/1/2018 8:46:00 AM

Tags: harvesting nuts, wild food,

Jennifer Quinn 

Recently I posted about the difficulty of shelling black walnuts. Then a reader who’s a more savvy Internet user than I am sent me this link to a Youtube video, How to Harvest and Crack Black Walnuts, which is a lot more helpful than the instructions I got from neighbors:

Unfortunately, it turns out they usually only bear every other year, so I guess I’ll have to wait two years to try again. But I was interested in the author’s method of washing the nuts immediately after hulling them, then hanging them in onion bags to dry—only a few weeks, he says, instead of months! And snipping at the shells with wire cutters is an interesting approach for getting out all the meat. He says you still have to go through them and pick out any shell fragments, but his end results sure look better than mine! And he doesn’t even worry about the hulls having bruises, or having some pulp sticking to the nuts after washing.

2/2/2018 9:58:21 AM

Jennifer, that's brilliant. I'm storing that away in my mind as I could scoop up walnuts all over the city. I see black walnut trees every where that no one ever does any thing with them except rake them up and throw them in the trash. City foraging in on my list this year. Mulberries are so plentiful that they are a nuisance but can be used in many different recipes just as any other berry. Elder berries are plentiful here as well. I tried to make elder berry jelly once and it turned out to be great pancake syrup. So even mistakes can turn out to be awesome. ***** Have a great walnut cracking day. ***** Nebraska Dave

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