16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, October 7, 1911: Hulled some walnuts this afternoon. Tried to be careful of my hands, but they got stained somewhat.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Black walnuts grow semi-wild in Pennsylvania–and across much of the US.
The hull is the outer husk. It must be removed to prevent spoilage. The nuts are then dried. After they are dried they can be cracked.
Last week-end my husband and I gathered some black walnuts at a park. We took them home and hulled them. We put the nuts in an old net onion bag and hung them in the garage to dry. They’ll be ready to crack and eat by December.
Oct. 15 Addendum: I mentioned putting the walnuts in a net onion bag to my father. He was horrified and said that they would mold. He said they should be spread out on newspapers in a cool dry place (an attic is ideal). So I checked my walnuts and noticed that two of them had a spot of mold of them. I discarded those walnuts–and spread the rest out on newspapers to dry. Stay tuned . . .
Nov. 9 Addendum: I’ve now successfully cracked some black walnuts. Click here for today’s post on How to Crack Black Walnuts.