How to harvest walnuts?
My three walnut trees are in full "nut" and are dropping everywhere. I have collected baskets full and have had them laid flat on a tray outside but out of direct sunshine to dry the shells off. I had put some out in the sun but they all cracked open so now I'm worried to put anymore in direct sunshine.
I have looked up on the internet how to dry walnuts but I've not found anything really suitable.
Firstly, they all talk about english, american or black walnuts. I'm guessing that these here are black walnuts but I'm not sure- I highly doubt that they are either english or american but I don't know.
Do you leave the nut inside of the shell? I would have thought that you would so that the nut keeps "fresh". My only experience of walnuts in there shells came in a bag of mixed nuts at christmas time which you had to crack open all of them to get to the various nuts!
Is there a traditional way (french) of harvesting them?
We do have loires around here so I need to get to the nuts fast before they vanish even though the barn cats are doing an alright job at catching them as I keep finding cute furry tails out in the yard!
I'd love to hear from anyone