American Black Walnuts have been grown in the same way since the earliest days of Native Americans, and that won’t change anytime soon. They have been, and always will be, a completely wild, all-natural and unprocessed product.
Black Walnuts grow wild in fields and pastures across the Midwest and are hand-harvested by locals every year. They grow naturally, are watered by the rain and produced without chemicals or pesticides that may be used in commercial orchards. They’re also gluten free, non-GMO Project Verified and kosher certified (OU), creating an ideal ingredient for any consumer concerned with food additives and the growing process of the foods they choose.
Black Walnuts are also completely biodegradable. The outside black hull can be spread on land as a fertilizer or used in the making of natural dyes. Even the hard shell, which makes up most of the nut’s weight, is eco-friendly and often used for abrasive cleaning and filtration media.
Beyond the nut itself, the wild trees are also incredibly sustainable. They naturally reproduce and continue producing Black Walnuts for over 50 years—much longer than orchard-grown nut trees. Even the use of valuable Black Walnut wood has little impact on the total availability of trees and nuts, meaning Black Walnuts will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.