Last night, we sat around the kitchen table chatting, laughing and cracking walnuts from our tree. Such a pleasant way to pass an evening! The walnut tree at La Cressonnière (it’s the treehouse tree) has been over-the-top generous with its crop of walnuts. We’ve gathered basket after basket with no end in sight.
The kids pick them up right off the grass.
In August I shared a picture of the green fruit growing on the walnut tree. This is the first time I’ve lived with a walnut tree in my backyard, so I didn’t know how it worked. But the green “fruit” is actually a husk.
The green husks turn brown, shrivel up and crack open. Inside is the walnut shell.
A few walnuts, still in their casings, remain on the tree. But mostly, the walnuts-in-their-shells fall to the ground where they can be harvested easily.
I think we’ll be cracking walnuts through the winter! Are you a walnut fan? Have you ever had a walnut tree or other nut tree? Do you have any favorite methods for cracking the shells?