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


The trees produce flowers in the spring.


The flowers produce fruit.


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 make a yummy salad.

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