Black Walnuts in my Yard in the Spring
It's a cold day, but the snow is slowly melting in between on the warmer days, and all the black walnuts that were buried by snowfall last year, are slowly emerging.
I have a large, tree filled yard and many of the trees are black walnut. Many of the nuts fell to the ground and stayed there.
As the nutmeats thaw in my cup, I'm wondering if they will fall out of the shells.
Not really. I took a wooden toothpick and started to poke around the nutmeats. The nutmeats are in pockets. I started with the narrow end of the toothpick and it split.
The wide end worked a little better. As I poked, the nutmeats came out. Some in whole pieces. Some in a mash. If I went out and picked up about 80 nuts and spent some time, I would have a enough to make some walnut butter, and then, cookies.
Walnut butter is probably easy. Just load up my food processor fitted with a chopping blade, and pulse the nutmeats into a spread. It would maybe require a spoonful of canola or corn oil. Then, follow a peanut butter cookie recipe, substituting the walnut butter for the peanut butter.
Picking the Nutmeats Out
Don't Eat the Toothpick Splinters
The Flavor of Walnut
None of these made it to cookies. The flavor is slightly sweet. Almost a butter creaminess after you chew them. They are raw.