1. AlexanderZ says

    What I love about this blog is that it’s full of first times for me -- I’ve never seen wild turkeys before and this is the first time I’ve seen the fleshy outer shell of a walnut.
    Keep fighting my ignorance once beautiful pic at a time!

  2. rq says

    the first time I’ve seen the fleshy outer shell of a walnut

    Where did you think they come from? :D (Personally, I think they hatch.)
    Also, the green shells smell nice, as do the fallen leaves if you crush them. It’s almost a spicy smell, very green but with a bit of bite vaguely similar to a cross between peppermint and varnish.
    And if you get the juice on your fingers and don’t wash your hands in a timely fashion, it stains your fingers black for most of a week (no, I’ve never had to explain myself to others, why do you ask?).

  3. says


    this is the first time I’ve seen the fleshy outer shell of a walnut.

    Me too! I was boggling at that last night when I was setting the post up! That’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.

  4. blf says

    At a previous location of the lair, there was a walnut tree. I didn’t realise it at first due to those fleshy green outer eggshells, but once they started hatching…

  5. rq says

    You previously posted some unripe walnuts from me, together with some lilies, back towards the middle of summer. They were just funny-looking green balls hanging from a tree back then, though. Once they ripen and crack open, though, there’s about 2 to 3 days of walnut rain, and the grass under the tree is covered in shells and buckets of nuts.

  6. says

    Ah. Last week has been in the sign of collecting walnuts and trying to get them dry before they get all moldy and sticky. I am glad to see not to be the only one around here fighting this struggle every year. This is one of the things I love and hate about gardening -- there are bouts of work that have to be done irrespective of weather and any other obligations, because nature will not wait untill weekend and/or until the weather is pleasant to work outside and day will not oblige by having 24 hours of dayligth (and the body does not oblige by getting a resilience and strength boost). And then there are really, really long times where very little or nothing at all needs to be done at all.

  7. johnson catman says

    Pecans also have a fleshy green outer layer before they are ripe. Where I grew up, we had several pecan trees in the yard. We always had grocery bags full of pecans. My mom made lots of pecan pies for the holidays. We also had lots of toasted pecans for snacks. Good times. My wife and I were at the farmer’s market yesterday, and a quart bag of shelled pecans was around $12. I never knew how good I had it when I was young!

  8. Ice Swimmer says

    The action of walnuts sounds a bit similar to that of horse chestnuts (which aren’t edible as such, though maybe with some processing edible substances could be extracted from them).

    AFAIK walnuts aren’t frost tolerant enough to grow in Finland and we call them saksanpähkinä (German nut).

    The male flowers look… … interesting.

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