How to Eat Black Walnuts from the Tree

Black walnuts are a type of dry fruit that are enjoyed in many parts of the world. They are eaten on their own and also used in making ice creams, desserts and cakes. These grow on trees, covered in a greenish brown husk and are crunchy to the taste. The walnuts are extracted after crushing the shell and are usually harvested in October. If you have a walnut tree in your house or any property accessible to you, you can harvest the fruit and help yourself to it. However, like all good things in life, you have to work to get the nut. Anything gained after hard work is indeed sweet and so are walnuts.

Things Required:

– Gloves
– 1 2 x 4 board, a foot long
– Bucket
– Water
– Nut cracker


  • 1

    The husk of black walnuts leaves a greenish dye that is commercially very useful for dying textiles but is not good for your hands. Put on gloves before you start handling the walnuts because this dye is very stubborn and may take days of scrubbing to leave you.

  • 2

    The peak harvest time is September/October when the walnuts are fully ripe. You can judge the ripeness with the touch of the husk. If it is soft than the nut is ripe. If it is hard and stubborn, then the tree probably needs some more time to ripen up. Place a large piece of cloth under the walnut tree and shake a branch that contains ample quantity of the fruit. Collect the walnuts that fall underneath.

  • 3

    Now is the time to take off the husk. It is best done by laying the walnuts on a driveway and rolling the board over it. This crushes off the husk, leaving behind the walnuts. Use your feet to apply pressure over the board to remove the husk. Now use your hands to free the walnuts of the husk skin and collect them in a bucket.

  • 4

    Wash the walnuts and let them dry in the sun. If you do not dry them well, they will rot. You can now store the walnuts for a long period of time. When you want to eat the meat, use a nut cracker or hammer to smash the shell and get the meat out.

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