Black Walnut Basics

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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