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Date Posted: 14:16:12 08/23/07 Thu
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: I buy the English walnuts--in the shell, by the bag! No probs!
In reply to: Bobbie 's message, "Re: Walnuts" on 10:19:41 08/23/07 Thu

>I'm thinking you are asking about the outer covering,
>a "husk" I think it is called. I wish I could help
>with an answer but don't know for sure. Logic would
>say that flyers are exposed to the unhusked walnuts in
>nature but I cannot say how a domesticated flyer would
>respond to something she had never seen before and
>therefore had no past natural judgement to react with.
>I found an article that says; "The causal agent is a
>chemical called “juglone” (5
>hydroxy-1,4-napthoquinone), which occurs naturally in
>all parts of the black walnut. Juglone has
>experimentally been shown to be a respiration
>inhibitor which deprives sensitive plants of needed
>energy for metabolic activity." This article is from
>Purdue University and refers to the plant life growing
>around the tree that dies. It does not answer the
>question of how it effects animals. I also find that
>I cannot eat the black walnut but can eat the
>"English" walnut, go figure. BTW the website is
> >href="http://www.ces.purdue.edu/extmedia/HO/HO-193.pdf"

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