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Last night was the first truly crisp night, and today the first oddly cool day. You know what that means? The black walnuts are falling. There’s something almost magical about this time of year and how perfectly in sync nature is.

In celebration, the minis and I spent well over an hour collecting fallen black walnuts and we’re still not done. We’ve done it in years past with varying degrees of success. Eventually, we’ll get it right! Practice makes perfect.

Enjoying your free harvest requires several steps.

  1. Harvesting
  2. Hulling
  3. Washing
  4. Drying
  5. Cracking

Cracking is, by far, the worst of the five. Hulling, however, can be just as tedious. And messy. Very very messy.

Here’s a great guide to removing the thick, outer shell of the walnut. I’ve used this method in years past and it definitely works well!

Blind Pig and the Acorn: Black Walnuts- First Step