Across the valley by the garden spring are several Black Walnut trees, in fact, there are many spread over the farm. Picking up walnuts to sell was one of our childhood chances to make some money. Each year some one will have a walnut huller operating and will pay by the pound for Black Walnuts after they are hulled.
This is a Black Walnut by our house showing many walnuts still on the trees. I left the corner of the roof so you can imagine how big the trees are. This is one of the smaller trees.
These have fallen and are ready to pick up.
The way they look when they fall
and the color they turn
One without the hull but still in the shell.
First you remove the hull
then break it open with a rock or hammer
...they are a tough nut to crack...
and you get the wonderful "meat" or "goodies" to eat.
This is about half of a walnut's worth. They can be used as any other nuts in cooking, baking, or just like this. The hulls in water when changing from green to brown will make a wonderful "tea" to dye cloth with not to drink. We also discovered a good strong tea will kill thistles.
Black Walnut wood is highly prized for furniture making and for gun stocks. The living room here At The Farm is Black Walnut tongue and groove routed lumber varying in widths with almost an inch thickness. The shelves on each side of fire place and through out the house are made from Black Walnut. All walnut in the farm house was harvested here, seasoned, milled, planed and routed for use in building this house. It will never be painted nor removed.