Treasure hoard

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue September. 26, 2017 961 views

I read that the global production of walnuts (in shell) was 3.5 million tonnes. I believe it. I also believe 1 million tonnes are produced by walnut trees in front of our house. Walnut trees are like a treasure hoard of pure and very tasty energy. We use the walnuts for cooked and baked desserts or ice cream – of course for decoration or roasted in sugar and honey. We also use them in salad and for sauce. Sometimes we even make walnut liquor. We save every year a small share for the birds to feed them during the very cold winter. Of course I have always walnuts in my pocket for the hungry squirrel, which will show up as a gready, nosy and adorable beggar in the royal park of Schönbrunn! And sometimes my mother use the large shells of walnuts, painted in gold and silver, for the christmas tree or for decoration.

We don't waste them, we treasure them!

Ready to fall ...

Ready to fall ...

... be careful and mind your head!

... be careful and mind your head!

Ready for take away!

Ready for take away!

By the way: 1 kg walnuts (with shells) are expensive, at least 4,00 € and more! Gold nuggets for free ..

By the way: 1 kg walnuts (with shells) are expensive, at least 4,00 € and more! Gold nuggets for free ..

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

I've never seen them, as they grow. Very interesting! Quite a treasure, at your feet in #4.....Did you scoop them up to take home??
At hose prices, I'm surprised there weren't a bunch of eager foragers around that bounty!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Yes, it's like a gold rush. I can't stop myself and it's not, because I like them (what I really do). My eyes also will beginn to glow, as soon as I will see a field full of potatoes. I must have a greedy dwarf in  my line - definitvely from my mother's side ...
I know (more poor than rich!) people, who have trees right in front of their garden. They don't pick up one singel walnut, but drive over them in their cars! This strange people actually buy walnuts for a lot of money! I don't understand such behavior.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

I guess some folks are not aware of the oportunities that abound, if we pay attention. I once knew a man that was so poor he couldn't even pay attention.....bada-bing.....bada-boom....(grin/groan).....My parents grew up in very modest circumstances, so they learned, at a very young age, the importance of thrift, bargain hunting, freebies, foraging, preservation & conservation, which they passed on to myself & my sister....

Great photos and wonderful story to go with!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks! blush

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

My Pleasure.....

:=D

Sweet dreams!

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
E Bellizzi 2 years, 8 months ago

As a walnut fan I appreciated your story!  That first photo of the nut about to fall was so interesting, something we "grocery store only walnut lovers" never get to see :) Thanks for sharing.

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to E Bellizzi 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks!
I have neighbors, which don't collect them right in their frontyards but are "grocery store only walnut lovers! ...

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

An der Mosel findet man viele Walnuss Bäume. Da pilgern jedes Jahr etliche Leute (und Krähen) hin, um sie zu sammeln. grinning

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years, 8 months ago

Wir haben Nachbarn, die kaufen Walnüsse - es ist mir ein Rätsel, wenn die besten Nüsse direkt vor der Tür liegen!

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Joe Zink 2 years, 8 months ago

I like the perspective in #3
Walnut is also a wonderful wood for woodworking projects, though very expensive. I like it for projects like small,  elegant jewelry boxes.

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks!
Yes, you are right! I like this old wooden boxes (they are mostly for cigars) and now and then I buy one on a fleamarket. But some of them are really expensive and I have to - not very happy - walk away.

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 8 months ago

They are one of nature treasures. We not have many of Them around my home. but many chesnuttrees. Nice serie #3 is my favourite

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 8 months ago

Thanks!
Actually horse chestnuts are my favorite trees (I like the wood and the fruits too!) but they are not very useful. In our area it's warm enough for sweet chestnut (maroni), but to collect them is a nightmare without gloves.

2 years, 8 months ago Edited
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