Walnuts grow on very large trees, often reaching 18 meters
tall. The divided leaves characterize all walnut spades. The
walnut itself has a thick outer husk that must be removed to
reach the hard inner shell of the nut.
Habitat and Distribution
The English walnut, in the wild state, is found from southeastern
Europe across Asia to China and is abundant in the Himalayas.
Several other species of walnut are found in China and Japan.
The black walnut is common in the eastern United States.
The nut kernel ripens in the autumn. You get the walnut meat
by cracking the shell. Walnut meats are highly nutritious because
of their protein and oil content.
You can boil walnuts and use the juice as an anti-fungal agent.
The husks of "green" walnuts produce a dark brown dye
for clothing or camouflage. Crush the husks of "green"
black walnuts and sprinkle them into sluggish water or ponds
for use as fish poison.
If you can find black walnuts, even if that means digging
under the snow, you can usually find nuts that still have good
meat in them. They last a long time. They are also very difficult
to break open, and if the husk is still attached, your fingers
will be stained for days (they have been used as a source of