One of our neighbors has black walnut trees. I asked what they were doing with the walnuts and they said they just discard them. Discard them? Why? Well, they are messy! I hate to see things go to waste so I decided that we would try something new and harvest black walnuts.
So a few days later I come home to find buckets and buckets of black walnuts. Now these don’t look like walnuts at all! The outer yellow green husk has to be peeled off. This then exposes a black mess.
That black stuff needs to be scrubbed off the expose the walnut shell. Oh, let me tell you, gloves are required! That black stuff stains like crazy!
I haven’t gotten very far into this process.I did find that a wire brush works well for scrubbing off the black stuff. After they are cleaned, the walnuts need to try dry for 5 weeks or so. So I can’t tell you if this is all going to be worth it or not since we won’t be eating them for awhile! My goal is to harvest enough for my Holiday baking but we shall see.
Has anyone ever done this? I welcome any tips!