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09 October 2011 @ 07:50 pm
Wal(nut)-E World  
Walnut trees have years of abundance and years of ... well ... not-so-abundance. This year is one of the former, and so far between our neighbor and ourselves we've collected some 7 to 10 tubs of the green grenades.

I actually harvest them, using a hand-crank corn sheller and latchable drying rack. Took about 500 to the basement for storage this morning and haven't really even made a dent in the crop.

Next week, the work continues.

The good news is that the activity points give me lots of options for eating good food - like Coq Au Vin last night, and Mexican tonight.
 
 
Current Mood: tiredtired
 
 
 
Daviddjbp on October 10th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Too late in the year for this year, but have you tried making pickled walnuts?
msminlrmsminlr on October 10th, 2011 10:25 am (UTC)
What do you DO with the bumper crop?

I recall one year when we were in the house on Wild Turkey, EVERYONE's oak trees had bumper crops of acorns and in parts of the yard it was like walking on fields of ball bearings.

At least walnuts are readily edible by people [the next door neighbor's father had one of those pot-bellied miniature pigs and IT was in true hog heaven that fall!]
Jim: Moogerfilker 1poltr1 on October 11th, 2011 04:13 am (UTC)
At one of the townhouse apartments I used to live at, I had a black walnut tree. One year, I tried to harvest them. I used a Vise-Grip to crack open the walnuts. Overall, I didn't think it was the effort, so the next time I had a bumper crop, I let them go to the squirrels.
filklore_on_lj on October 13th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
A friend has also had a bumper walnut harvest, and asked if anyone wanted some. I suggested that if it appealed, he could drop some off with me, I would experiment with smoked walnuts.

He delivered a box, and I have realised that I should have said "if he wanted to drop off some *shelled* nuts...