The Black Walnut harvest is winding down and the last of the nuts are coming in to the plant. Most hullers finish buying today as the weather turns colder – even with snow tonight in parts of the harvest area.
Total purchases through Monday Nov. 14 are almost 12 million pounds, which is a little below where we thought it would be. With several operators yet to turn in all their receipts, we expect to end between 13 and 14 million pounds. Over 80% of the nuts came from Missouri and other states west of the Mississippi, as the eastern areas had much shorter crops than last year.
Still, in this month of Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for the thousands of people in 12 states who enjoyed the fall weather, made memories and harvested the wild black walnuts. While the total is below average, when added to last year’s good crop we’ll have enough nuts for our plant to process most of the coming year until next fall’s crop is ready.
Now, on to the holiday baking season where Black Walnuts really shine in favorite dishes — both traditional and creative. Truly, Black Walnuts are the BOLD, WILD walnut, much different from regular walnuts. An essential flavor in holiday recipes.
A big THANK YOU to all those who are part of our Black Walnut family this year!