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I love this thread and wish more people would share their recipes. I'm always looking for some new adventure in the kitchen.

Anyways, in our backyard we have what I believe is a Black Walnut tree. I am attempting to collect them and use them. However, it's a process. First you have to hull the green skin around the nut. I have been searching on the internet and have seen a few different methods. Then you have to have a special nut cracker (so I've read).

Does anyone have any experince with black walnuts? I'm looking for some help. Thanks!

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We have several black walnut trees in our yard. Usually the nuts have worms in them though :( UGH! Also, they will stain your clothing!!!

We don't eat them. The squirrels, on the otherhand LOVE them. In the fall, when they really start coming off the tree, we pay the kids to bag them up and then we dump them in a big pile outside the fenced part of the yard (so the dogs can't eat the squirrels as the squirrels eat the nuts :) ).

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your right about the rodents loving those trees!

i had some in my other house, loved them!

they shouldnt have worms you pick them as they fall . unless your tree is unhealthy or you let them be on the ground to long.

they are like little apples green on the outside, firm and juicy the kids woul grap them as they walked home from school and eat them!

they are bitter . some make pies out of them. they smell like pepper a little bit.

if you leave them on the ground those the rodents do not get will cause problems for your mower the next year and they will root and make small trees very difficult to get up.

so we have the apple looking thing, put in the basement in a cool place in a paper bag or somethng like that allow it to dry out. then peel off the now black skin that is now dry .

and you have the seed which looks just like any other walnut about the same size maybe a bit bigger well mine were. check on them to see when they are done . it doesnt take very long to ripen them up.

they cost about 20 dollars and up a lb here they are sooooo good.

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Pond,

How do you get the hulls off? I've heard it's better to remove them when green. The only way I have figured out is soaking them and then peeling them with a knife (I haven't read this anywhere). You said you let them turn brown and then remove. Just curious. I'm having a time with these things!

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:offtopic:

Just a note Abi - They used to make ink from black walnut hulls.

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:offtopic:

In my "Walnut research" they also stain baskets with the dye from the hulls -- and clothes, wood, etc.

There are also medicines made from the hulls. I just want the dang nut for baking, etc. haha.

Intersting nut!

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I love this thread and wish more people would share their recipes. I'm always looking for some new adventure in the kitchen.

Anyways, in our backyard we have what I believe is a Black Walnut tree. I am attempting to collect them and use them. However, it's a process. First you have to hull the green skin around the nut. I have been searching on the internet and have seen a few different methods. Then you have to have a special nut cracker (so I've read).

Does anyone have any experince with black walnuts? I'm looking for some help. Thanks!

Take two nuts in your hand and SQUEEZE them hard. One will crack the other. No tool needed.

Now, about those walnuts... :spy:

(Seriously, the two walnuts in the hand trick was taught to my by this old woman who just knew cool stuff like that - never forgot those things.)

Let the nut meats sit in the sun, then take a brush and take the skins off that way.

Black walnut is used in some migrain medicine - I used to take the herbal form of it back when I didn't have health care insurance.

Edited by ChasUFarley

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I have no help regarding peeling walnuts but have recently received a nice email that included that walnuts are good for the brain (they look like little brains). Pecans also fit this description. The email said that God had made certain foods look like the organs that benefitted from eating them (like sliced carrots look like the cornea of our eye (and mom always said, "eat your carrots they are good for your eyes), beans look like kidneys and help kidney function. I don't remember what all, but I have since been eating more walnuts and pecans. (Can you tell my brain has improved?)

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