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The American Black Walnut is native to 32 states and finds its home here in the Ozarks as the official tree nut of Missouri. It is one of the most valuable natural forest trees in the United States with a variety of uses. The flavorful nuts are harvested as a popular food while the wood is used in crafting furniture and gun stocks. The husks can be used to make dyes, and the shells—the hardest of any tree nut in the world—are used for a broad range of industrial applications. As a result, the Black Walnut is one of the most fully utilized trees in America.Buy Black WalnutsNutshell Products
The harvesting of Black Walnuts is a Midwestern tradition spanning generations. Today, it involves thousands of people gathering fallen nuts from lawns, fields and pastures every fall. The crop is almost fully collected from the wild and then taken to central hulling stations for gathering and processing.Find a Hulling Station
The bold, distinctive flavor of Black Walnuts has been a staple in American kitchens for years. This popular nut adds a rich taste and texture to traditional baked goods, like cake, cookies, and breads. On the savory side, savvy home chefs are adding Black Walnuts to one-of-a-kind entrees, side dishes, and toasting the nuts for a robust salad topping.Explore Recipes
Hammons Products Company in Stockton, Missouri is the world’s premier supplier of Black Walnuts. Owned by the Hammons family since the founding in 1946, the four-generation vision and commitment to providing the highest quality Black Walnuts continues today.Hammons History
Black Walnuts are the only all-wild tree nut in the United States.
Nearly all Black Walnuts come from trees growing in the wild, while regular (English) walnuts come from orchards.
A Black Walnut is not the same as a regular (English) walnut. Black Walnuts have a richer, bolder, more distinctive nut flavor.
Wild Black Walnuts are hand-foraged every fall in the Midwest and East-Central United States.
Cooking with Black Walnuts dates back to the earliest days of America; honey black walnut bread was on the menu for the 19th-century explorers Lewis and Clark.
Black Walnuts are a nutritional nut containing the highest protein content of any tree nut.
Black Walnut shells were used to clean the Statue of Liberty.
The United States Navy has used Black Walnut shell to clean Navy ships and submarines.
Black Walnut shell is used as a filler in dynamite.