Saturday, 4 October 2014

Walnuts!

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Having spied some walnuts trees whilst out on a walk a few weeks ago, we decided to check them out. Some were dropping, others opening, some closed. We had no idea about the closed ones but picked some anyway.

Once home, they were tipped into trays and left to dry out a little:
These are the nuts I managed to get out of the open and cracked ones, after they have been scrubbed clean:
Yes, we both used gloves. As a child I had picked some and in my ignorant bliss, used my bare hands. Took weeks for the stains to go!

I have no idea if the others will open. We shall store them in the garage and check on them every now and then. They are a right royal pain to deal with but DB had never had fresh ones and I wanted him to experience them before we get too old to deal with them.

A book we read suggested that if they float they are empty. Most of these floated but on checking a few, they were full, lovely fresh taste, nothing like the nuts you buy later in the year.

As it was such a nice day, I washed all our garden gloves - we have many:
Have a lovely weekend, despite the rain!


10 comments:

  1. We have a walnut tree in the garden but we do not bother with the nuts , one year a friend collected some and pickled them , but mainly we just let the wildlife help themselves . We also have chestnut trees but none of us like them , so the jays collect them lol

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    1. We have lots and of sweet chestnut trees nearby but the nuts are too small. It seems a shame we can't eat horse

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  2. We have a lovely walnut tree, but every squirrel in the district knows of it. They pick the walnuts before they are ready and we hardly ever get any.
    As the split ones are ready the others can't be far behind!

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    1. Annoying isn't blasted things.

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  3. Everytime I look out of the window I see a squirrel dashing off with one of our walnuts!
    I've managed to pick up a few but there WERE hundreds on the tree.

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    1. There were still loads on these but too high up!

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  4. I've never been frtunate enough to come across them in the wild, Dc, but I did get given a couple of years ago, a huge bag of very very fresh ones from someone's garden. You are right, fresh is nothing like the dryer ones you buy in the shops; we did enjoy them. Our garden squirrel is more than happy with all the beech nuts from the surrounding trees.They come raining down on my sewing room roof in the wind- it sounds like someone os throwing pebbles at it! Lx

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    1. As a child I used to eat Beech nuts, they were lovely, nice and plump not thin like nowadays!

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  5. I see from your war diary page that we share an interest in the home front . Have you read An RAF Mothers WW2 I am currently reading them , if you are interested in the home front they make fascinating reading .

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    1. Just seen it on kindle, looks interesting though I hope I can get a paperback? Thanks for the info!

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