This year, the squirrels having seen fit to show mercy, I find myself with a couple dozen walnuts that I’ve picked up off the ground. I’d like to eat them, of course, but I need to resolve a few issues first, and that’s where you guys come in.
So a couple of questions:
How do I know if they’re ripe? I just picked them up off the ground today, and it’s mid-August here in New England, and possibly even elsewhere. The husks of some of them give a little beneath my thumb, but it’s not like they’re soft.
If they’re ripe, how do I get the husks off without permanently staining my hands a wonderful Vandyke brown?
What do I do with the things after I’ve husked them? How do I store them, I mean.
Can black walnuts be eaten raw, or do you have to blanch or parboil them or some such?
Somebody from Ohio ought to be able to give me good advice.