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Date Posted: 13:12:13 08/24/07 Fri
Author: Beverly
Subject: Back on LI, I had many, many black walnut trees -- they're ..
In reply to: S. K. Dixon 's message, "Bear with us, Connie!" on 06:24:44 08/24/07 Fri

(Back on LI, I had many, many black walnut trees -- they're ...) one of the two species trees I most miss -- the other was my sugar maples!

While the outer 'hull' of the black walnut is not likely to be consumed, anyway, by a flyer, I'd personally just gather the nuts together (green), and allow them to dry (the hull will 'rot' and fall off ...) before giving them to my flyers. Mostly, because as the hull rots, it creates an awful mess (not to mention the permanent stain from the 'liquid' mess of the rotting hull). But also, the hull is probably loaded with tanin (thus, the stain ..), and I doubt it's the best thing for our wee bits of wonderment. My late husband used to put the green nuts in the driveway, and run the car over them! This would expidite the shedding of the hull, while not harming the nut, at all (anyone who has ever tried to collect enough black walnut meat for a nice cake, or batch of cookies, knows full well just how HARD the black walnut shell is!!). Don't be surprised if it takes a flyer most of the winter to get through a black walnut shell! This is likely a good thing, for their teeth! Back home, not only the greys collected the green walnuts. I would often find, in some neglected corner of the 12-stall long shed row barn, a stash of black walnuts, stored by the woodrats or the whitefooted mice. The nuts would have a few holes gnawed by these ground dwelling rodents (with flyers, it's always a single hole -- although a nut will sometimes show some scratch marks from places the flyer began, but 'quit' on, in the process of opening the nut ...).

I'm sitting here munching on English walnut halves, even as I type! Think I'll give a few to my youngsters, Itsy, Bitsy, Spider, and Hans Solo! Bye for now!

>In my case, you are working with a woman who has just
>returned from 3 wonderful, cool, peaceful, calm months
>in the NC mountains--to the heat, humidity, dust, and
>traffic of the over-populated, tourist-swelled island
>I call home. I'm still trying to breathe this
>water-saturated air and walk on this ground that is so
>dry that I leave dust clouds as I tiptoe through the
>dead everything! As if that is not quite enough, I am
>relearning the skills of having a child (in this case
>my son's 10 year old daughter) living with us and
>attending school and registering for after-school
>activities, doing homework, etc. In this FL heat, it
>never enters my sweat-soaked brain that you have a
>TREE from which these GROW! Oh, lucky you! Like some
>other HOFs, I tend to believe animals instinctively
>KNOW what they should/should not consume. That being
>said, I, too, like Agnes, am cautious when introducing
>ANYTHING new. So, you are right to come to us with
>questions--we all do that--but please be patient until
>we get the answers. LOL!! My DH says that last
>winter on a NC trip, he picked up some black walnuts
>along with some other types of mountain-growing nuts
>for our zoo. They LOVED the huge acorns we found up
>there but did not really want the nuts with the thick
>coverings; this probably had more to do with the fact
>they are a bit SPOILED than the covering/husk being
>toxic! Hee, Hee! If you are seeing the gray
>squirrels taking them AND eating them, they are
>probably fine for your sweetkins!
>>I was? I thought I said that! Back-yard or green,
>>what is the difference? I don't know! All I know
>>is that My Baby wants it bad! More than anything
>>else, I am asking about the outer covering: Harmful or
>>not??? That is all I want to know. Does ANYBODY
>>feed back-yard, on the ground, walnuts to their
>>S.F.S.??? Very simple question! That is that! Can
>>she clear that outer covering off? With no harm to
>>her? I am watching regular squrrels picking these up
>>like crazy! We used to harvest walnuts and I know
>>they have that awful, black lining between nut and
>>outer layer! Never mind, I'll buy them!! I'm done
>>with this, too complicated! I'm done! And, what the
>>heck is a green walnut?? Never mind! Sorry I brought
>>it up!!>Connie, you were suppose to inform everyone
>>that it
>>>was a green walnut.....

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