I cannot believe how many walnuts have fallen this year. In one certain area you cant’ walk without a squish….and an uncertain wiggle due to the hard nut that follows the squish. As I stated in my last post, we decided to try and harvest some actual nuts this year. The process is messy, and takes a bit of time to get the nut out of its casing…I hope the results are worth it…either way, it has been a fun project so far.
My friend, Jill, told me how she used to harvest walnuts as a kid…I decided to try it…
…with just a couple twists of the foot, the husks came right off! Collecting the husks in one container, and the nuts in the other….
…I wished the contents could have been reversed in quantity. But, we had a good amount for the first time harvesting. If this turns out well, harvesting next year will definitely start as soon as the walnuts start falling. There are just so many this year, it would probably take a year to finish the job…at that point, I don’t think we’d want to eat them.
Next step was to add water….
…at this point they had soaked for about 30 seconds…
…I agitated them around a bit…
…then poured out the wat….I don’t think you can really call that water anymore!!
That’s a pretty good amount for one afternoon!! Like most things, room to breathe, and in this case, dry out, is necessary to prevent mold. The hubby built the drying screen table, which I think is pretty awesome! With a little patience, like 2 or 3 weeks, it will be time to crack open the shells…kind of like an early Christmas!
Not to worry…there are plenty of walnuts left on the ground for our resident squirrels. They should be plenty well-rounded this year.
Also, to my surprise, as we winterized the garden we found a few gems….
…this was one big, beautiful carrot!! I roasted it last night with brussel sprouts, and butternut squash…paired with some toasty garlic bread, it was a so good!
Thank you for visiting the farm today, and thank you even more to those who have served our country. You are all so awesome!!
Your friend in Oregon,