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Foraging for Walnuts

November 9, 2011

The fall weather and leaves turning reminds me of an activity we did as a family when we were growing up. All would pile into the car and we’d drive the backroads looking for black walnut trees.

We’d put on work gloves to keep our hands from getting stained, remove the husk and collect the shells that held nuts by the bushel basket. They’d dry for a brief time and that distinct somewhat oily black walnut flavor appeared in a variety of things from baked goods to ice cream.

Today walnuts are readily available in the grocery store, at least the English walnuts are. Black walnuts are a different taste, although similar in appearance. They’re hard to crack open but the taste is awesome. Some say it’s an acquired taste, as it is a bit different from the store bought walnuts.

Thinking back on this it isn’t just the walnuts that shines as nostalgic. It’s the time we spent as a family – complete with sibling bickering and perhaps more trouble than it was worth – but it provided a means of added tastes and treats.

Have you foraged for food? What was the result?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nelson permalink
    November 10, 2011 3:02 AM

    They’re edible? We used to pick them up and sell them. The last year that we picked them up, hauled off about 1200# after hulling.

  2. peonygirl permalink
    November 21, 2011 10:01 PM

    have 5 trees in the yard of the house we just started renting. I guess that’s “lazy foraging” only having to walk out the back door…lol
    Beyond that our roadsides are full of asparagus all spring and beyond. Love the stuff

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