It’s almost Black Walnut harvest time – a season that’s well-known by Midwest locals for the treasure of wild nuts found in those green hulls. If you’ve never tried it before – or if you’re a seasoned forager – it’s time to pick up some wild Black Walnuts and receive a historically high price!
Beginning October 1, 2016, American Black Walnuts are worth the highest price in history: $15 per hundred pounds (after hulling) in states west of the Mississippi and $14 per hundred pounds (after hulling) in states east of the Mississippi. Hammons will pay this record-breaking price to those who harvest and turn in Black Walnuts at any of their 200+ hulling stations. A list of official purchasing sites is found here, or by calling 1-888-429-6887.
Buying/hulling stations will begin buying on Saturday, October 1. The high price could change later in the season, so harvesters are encouraged to get their harvest turned in quickly.
Black Walnuts grow wild in forests, pastures, and backyards across the nation’s heartland. Every fall the nuts are hand-foraged before being purchased, processed, and distributed by Hammons Products Company, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Since its founding by Ralph Hammons in 1946, the company has continued to be family-owned, family-run, and based in Stockton, Missouri.
October is National Black Walnut Month in celebration of the harvest and the array of food enhanced by the rich, bold flavor – from ice cream and baked goods to savory fare and chef-inspired creations. Unlike regular walnuts, the American Black Walnut is a highly sustainable wild crop, grown without the need for orchards or chemicals. For recipes, click here.
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