He inherited black walnut
trees years ago at the house in Caro, Michigan, and I first learned of their cycle that fall after he purchased the property on East Frank Street.
are a major industry in the Midwest, with about 23,000,000 pounds processed annually in Missouri alone, and they are a ubiquitous presence on lawns in early fall, but while many tree nuts, such as English walnuts, have received attention for their nutritional benefits, comparatively little research has focused on the black variety.
Other evergreens aren't as tolerant of sharing space with a black walnut
is a woodworker's dream; the wood is easy to work with, exhibits very little tendency to split when using fasteners, and absorbs recoil better than any other wood (Alden 1995).
That black walnut
in the backyard extends over my neighbour's backyard where several cars are parked.
The Asian Heartnut has been introduced into this country for commercial purposes and morphed into an invasive species, occasionally crossing with native butternut and less frequently with black walnut
. Lumber or wood is similar to Circassian (so-called English) walnut and a little lighter colored for most people who like blonde maple.
The heartwood of black walnut
ranges from chocolate brown to purplish black.
The walnut husk maggot, Rhagoletis suavis (Loew), is considered a minor pest of black walnut
Above, a heavily infected Southern California black walnut
(Juglans californica) showing sap-staining of the bark and dieback.
The Black walnut
is of high flavor but due to its hard shell and poor hulling characteristics it is not grown commercially for nut production.
A fungus is infecting large black walnut
trees in Salem and is likely to slowly kill them.
Enhanced throughout with informative commentaries, the recipes range from Appalachian Stack Cake; Cornmeal Cookies with Apple Cider Glaze; Hummingbird Cake; and Mint Julip Brownies; to Brandy Milk Punch; Black Walnut
Fudge; Slow Cooker Apple Butter; and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Hickory Cookies.