Missouri’s largest producer of black walnuts is edible

ST. LOUIS – Missouri holds the Title as top producer of black walnuts, which are also edible and serve as the state’s official tree nut. Their fruiting season is between September and October, so don’t miss it opportunity to enjoy them.

The black walnut tree is easily recognized by its strong, straight trunk and open canopy. It can be recognized by nuts, a distinct spicy scent, large, feather-like leaves and twigs with hollow pith.

Black walnuts grow singly or in pairs on branches surrounded by green, round pods 1½ to 2½ inches in diameter. These shells hide the round, firm, bony, deep brown or black nuts whose kernels are oily, sweet and edible.

These nuts have a high protein content. They are harvested by hand and find their way into a wide variety of culinary creations, from savory to sweet.

Additionally, the sturdy wood of these trees is a valuable resource for producing high-quality furniture and long-lasting weapon stocks. Even the shells have their purpose as they can be used for dyeing while the Shells can be used in many ways, such as: B. Cleaning, water filtration and in old industries.

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