The Walnut Tree
The history of the walnut
Care and cultivation
Walnuts will grow throughout Britain, but do best on fertile and sheltered sites. They prefer a heavy, moist soil. It is hardy but can be damaged by frost.
Dig a hole a little deeper than the root pack and twice as wide. Back-fill with a little peat and bonemeal or compost. Remove the bag and place the root in the hole, no deeper than where the bag ended. Back-fill the hole and firm the soil well down. Water if dry, and remember to check this regularly during the first season.
To prepare and store walnuts
When the nuts have been gathered remove the husks as soon as possible. Wear rubber gloves, otherwise your hands will be stained dark brown! Slit the husks all round with a small sharp knife and gently prize them apart to leave the bare shells.
Lay the nuts to dry on several layers of newspaper in a warm sunny room for about three days, turning them several times. After this they are delicious to eat. To store your nuts layer them in a box with dry sawdust or tightly screwed up newspaper, together with a liberal sprinkling of rock salt.