Monday, October 10, 2005

green jewel

This still life study is a walnut. I'm not quite sure if it's an English or Black Walnut and must admit that I knew nothing about how walnuts grew. About 30 of these were lying under a tree at Garfield Farm Museum. A young school-age volunteer grabbed one up and split it open, explaining that inside this hull was a substance that would stain everything black. This is the size of a large lemon, so you can understand why a bag of walnut meats is so expensive.

4 comments:

pablo said...

A good many squirrels get black stained front paws this time of year from opening walnuts. On my recent trip to the woods, I had intended to hike over to my woven walnut to see if any nuts had fallen to the ground, but I didn't fit that in. It may be a few weeks before I get out there again, and by that time, the squirrels may have taken all of them.

Floridacracker said...

I got stained as a greenhorn in the Smokies. I didn't have a clue they would do that...much to the delight of the other park staff.

KatKit13 said...

black walnuts! My grandmother had a tree and she'd toss them in her gravel driveway and they'd run them over as they dried out. (fun memory). I LOVE them.

srp said...

Use them with pecans in a brown sugar, cinnamon and honey paste that goes inside Potica bread. OK, now I'm hungry.