My husband has been gathering black walnuts from our two trees in the backyard. He gathers them, lets them dry removes the outer skin lets dry again and then cracks the shell picking them out.
This brings back another childhood memory. Each winter we would collect our walnuts from our tree. My dad would put them in our driveway running over them with our car to remove the hard outer skin, When this was done us kids would put on a pair of old socks to finish taking off the outside skin. We did not want the walnuts to stain our hands turning them brown. It took days for the stain to wear off.
We then let them dry. We would spend our winter nights cracking the nuts and picking them out of the shell. It was a long process. Let me tell you one that was worth ever minute. My Mom and Grandmother would use them in our Thanksgiving and Christmas treats. Have you ever had homemade fudge with black walnuts, or banana bread with them added served for Breakfast with butter. It makes me so hungry.
I am off to make something yummy.