Many people think of black walnut trees as a nuisance. They drop their nuts with green hulls on driveways, roadways, and lawns. If they aren’t picked up immediately the green fruit rinds turn black and stain sidewalks and driveways. They leave behind a slippery mess that just gets worse in the freeze-thaw periods of fall.
Then there’s the nuts – a hard nut. Black walnuts defy cracking with ordinary measures. Only extraordinary techniques can release the delicious nut meats from their hard prison. It seems that few people today value the fruit of the black walnut tree. But I would like you to examine this treasure of nutrition and herbal medicine with fresh eyes.
Recently I was given a box of 10 fresh, fleshy, still green black walnuts in their hulls. I was delighted because I have a single black walnut tree about 12 years old, and I wanted to add a few more black walnut trees to my permaculture garden. However living in BC, I wasn’t able to find any local black walnut trees to gather nuts for planting.
This article explains how to plant black walnuts so that the squirrels don’t get the nuts before they sprout and how to make an herbal tincture that is high in iodine out of the green hulls. Read more…