where walnuts come from…

Ever wondered where walnuts come from? Harvesting them every morning as they dropped was one of my morning tasks on a recent visit to Galicia…



The tree, planted around 20 years ago never produced any nuts until this year when a combination of a hotter and dryer than usual summer and the mysteries of nature meant that it finally fruited…


The nuts develop inside these tough green skins which finally split when ripe and…


the nuts finally tumble to the ground.


The nuts are not ready to eat yet, they are bitter and feel heavy. They need to dry out somewhere warm for a few weeks till they feel lighter. I think they look like alien babies when they first fall, the fibre from the casing like matted hair…


Some of the fruits of my labour…


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