Last weekend I was outside doing some yard work and my neighbor hollered at me asking if I wanted some walnuts. Do I want walnuts I thought, of course, I do! My neighbor has two walnut trees, and while some of the walnuts fall into my yard I was not going to infringe upon his bounty without asking. Luckily he asked me first! Now I was not going to partake of his walnut bounty without help so I asked him if he would like help picking them up from his yard. He happily agreed to let me help.
For the next hour my neighbor, his wife, and I harvested walnuts. We had some near misses while harvesting walnuts from under the trees a few times, as the nuts were still falling. We joked about needing hard hats.
After our collecting was finished, I had quite the load of nuts! Keep in mind this is just my take from their yard!
Lawn mowing will be much easier for my friendly neighbors now!
My husband brought home a large plastic sheet to lay the walnuts on.
We got to work dumping them onto the tarp.
It is important not to let the walnuts clump together too long or you could get mold.
It can be difficult keeping them from becoming runaway walnuts!
Soooo many walnuts!
That looks like a good pile, I think we have plenty!
How ’bout them nuts?
Now it’s time to spread ’em!
And time for a little fun.
Making sure all the walnuts are on their own space, not on top of each other.
I shot this photo the next day – walnuts drying out in the sun, all laid out.
Next weekend we will take off the husks which will require wearing gloves because walnuts can stain your hands terribly. Also, there can be worms which feed on the meaty stuff between the husks and walnut shells. These worms are harmless from my understanding, just sort of gross to come across with bare hands.
Once all of the husks are removed we will do a couple test cracks to see how juicy the walnut meat is. If it is still wet we will keep the husked walnuts out in the sun to dry longer. We will hope it does not rain.
Once the walnuts are ready to crack we will use this medieval contraption our neighbors loaned us. It was picked up by him at an auction. It works like a charm!
I absolutely love walnuts on my salads, or as a healthy snack while watching a movie, or working. Nuts are a great source of protein too! Since nuts are so expensive at the store, I could not pass up the chance to harvest from nature. There are also plenty of walnuts left out on the lawn for the squirrels. They can also take from our pile laid out on the tarp of they want to.
While our work is not yet done, since we have a ton of cracking to come, but it is so worth it and something for the hubby and I to do together.
I will have to post an update once we get to crackin’.
A big thanks to my neighbors for offering to share your bounty with us!
Thanks for reading, I would love to hear from you in the comments if you have harvested any walnuts this year or other nutty experiences you have had lately.