Nuts (275/365)

by Lee Santiva October. 02, 2019 120 views
Turkish hazelnuts

Turkish hazelnuts

The past few months have been nuts for me. I barely manage to keep up with posting the daily 365 challenge. I'm frustrated that I cannot get to view the other blogs. I hope to catch up some time.

I had a couple of sports injuries and it has been very busy and challenging at work. The windy weather is a good metaphor for the stormy time in my life right now.

It will calm down, for sure, at the latest by Thanksgiving. I'll explain in the upcoming blog 323/365 "Special event in my life".

Outer husk containing the Turkish hazelnuts - Corylus colurna - Baumhasel

Outer husk containing the Turkish hazelnuts - Corylus colurna - Baumhasel

There are quite a few nut trees near my office and my home.

The Turkish filbert tree throws down this sea-urchin looking ball which contains 4-6 little hazelnuts. They are freaky alien looking husks which do not open before they leave the tree. The tree bears fruit only every 2-3 years.

Peak inside the turkish hazel husk - macro

Peak inside the turkish hazel husk - macro

Most of the outer husks of the walnuts have opened while on the tree. I'm not sure which variety of German walnut it is: either the Weinsberger Walnuß or the Weinheimer Walnuß.

Ripe walnuts peaking out of their husks

Ripe walnuts peaking out of their husks

It was very windy on the weekend. As we were walking along the path on Sunday afternoon, the walnut trees started pelting us with nuts.

Ripe walnut

Ripe walnut

The branches were swaying quite violently in the strong wind which caused the nuts to be flung with strong acceleration as if the tree was taking aim to hit us. It was literally raining walnuts all around us.

Old dishwasher rack and closet wire shelf used for air-drying the walnuts

Old dishwasher rack and closet wire shelf used for air-drying the walnuts

In the night to Monday, we had gale-force winds and at first light on Monday morning I headed over to the walnut trees and gathered up 3-4 kilos before going to work. I use an old dishwasher rack to allow air to circulate so that they can properly dry over the next couple of months.

Walnut macro

Walnut macro

I opened one shell to check the quality - looks good.

Chestnuts in their husks

Chestnuts in their husks

The chestnuts are just now coming into season.

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