Seed of the Week: Walnut

Karen identified our mystery seed of the week correctly last week, it is a walnut.

walnut

There are over 20 species of trees called walnuts in the genus Juglans, but one common one in the eastern US is the black walnut, Juglans nigra.

Walnuts are beautiful trees.

walnut tree

The wood is used for fine furniture and the nuts are edible.

walnut-bark

The trees produce flowers in the spring.

walnut-flowers

The flowers produce fruit.

walnut-in-husk

Did you know that the green husks can be used to produce a brown dye? In fact you can stain your hands and clothes if you play with the husks.

walnuts-and-pears

Walnuts and pears make a yummy salad.

Do you have a walnut tree nearby? What is your favorite walnut recipe?

10 thoughts on “Seed of the Week: Walnut

  1. Oh, how I adore pears 'paired' with walnuts. I still remember one time coming in from a cold ocean swim and slicing a perfect pear to eat with walnuts. I don't know why it was so memorable but it most be that particular blending of flavor and texture. Love your beautiful photos.

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    In the comments section? Typos are a "must." 🙂

    Isn't it funny how some foods just go together like walnuts and pears?

  3. Lovely photos... i've never seen a walnut tree, another confession... never tried walnuts & pears!! (but I will now!) date & walnut loaf is a fave in our house. Came over via the tree festival...Thank you for a wonderful post.

  4. like suzi, i've never seen a walnut tree either. this is a lovely little journey of the the fruit of the walnut. the last photo of the fruit and nut is downright tasty.

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    Interesting, I definitely hadn't heard of that. I have to admit I couldn't find the information in the links you provided, so I googled "nocino" to find out more.

  6. Appreciate much, do I... your walnut promotion of excellence! I've been struggling for 3 years now to get a grove of 2000 trees started via planting the seed itself. Squirrels keep taking many of my efforts for their own dining. Can't say I blame them as I'm not all that fond of heights myself!

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