If your lucky enough to have a fruiting Walnut growing in your neighbourhood then you are going to need to learn how to Collect, Clean, Dry and Store fresh Walnuts then you’re in luck. If Walnuts are completely new to you, then not perhaps after reading my article, you will consider planting one? But don’t expect nuts any time soon!
Follow my step by step, picture guide to harvesting, cleaning, drying and strong walnuts, be sure to leave a comment your feedback is vital.
Walnuts typically take 2-3 weeks to dry out completely, during this period you need to keep them dry and in a well ventilated room warm room to help them the nut (walnut meat) dry out without mould developing on the shell.
Mobile drying racks are perfect for drying nuts and herbs, moving them into the sunshine on sunny Autumn days is the best way to dry walnuts. The colour of the shell will lighten and the weight of the nut will decrease, you may also hear a slight rattle these are the indicators that tell us the walnut has finished drying and can be safely stored for future use.
I have included below some photo of the drying process we use to prepare our Walnuts, avoid using newspaper to dry your walnut harvest as this limits the air flow and creates damp conditions where mould will quickly develop. Instead use a large mesh or wire rack to keep the walnuts in place, ideally rotating the Walnuts daily to help them completely dehydrate for increased storage time.
Walnuts are packed with energy and contain healthy nutrients, minerals, antioxidants plus vitamins that are essential for good health. eating a handful of walnuts a day will provide you with the recommended levels of minerals, vitamins, and protein for increased health and vitality.
Do you really need any more reasons for planting a Walnut tree? I don’t know about you but I would love to plant a Walnut paddock for the future and with over 30 varieties you can be sure to find a walnut that suits your temperate climate.
Interested in learning more then read my article on the trials and tribulations experienced by one determined walnut fancier who set out to plant a walnut paddock in middle England in the early 1980’s.