Nina Nixon


I'm Nina, a photographer, film maker and forever wanderer.  Passionate about nature, the great outdoors and all of life's adventures.  This is the place where I keep all my 'field notes'

Wet Walnuts

Would you believe me if I told you that it was only a year ago - this time last year - I was introduced to the wet walnut?

I am so ashamed to say - me, the almighty seasonal pickler, preserver and forager had never heard of the term 'wet walnut' - the utter sin of it.

For those of you already baffled by this term, a wet walnut is a walnut that is fresh off the tree and is not kept or stored for drying.

They can also be referred to as a 'green walnut'

Now to be completely honest I wasn't all that keen at first.

I've always eaten the dried variety of walnuts, mainly at Christmas and normally in a 'pick 'n' mix' selection pack so the thought of a wet walnut made me think of something - well I'm not too sure really, but definitely not the way I've been used to eating them, that's for sure.

Anyhoo - to cut a long story short I did try them and I did liked them................a lot.

So much so I will only eat wet walnuts at this time of the year (dried 'pah' rather not) when they are fresh for the picking and as quickly as possible.

Last year we came home with a couple of tubs of sloes - great vodka by the way - and a bag of fresh walnuts with added new knowledge.

Thanks maties!

So go find yourself a walnut tree (take a nice big carrier bag) as they are literally dropping off the branches at moment.

Or failing that a jolly good green grocers as our local one has them in stock too.


ps. thank you for all your great messages yesterday. It was really interesting hearing how you use scent in your home.

I especially love Betty's hoover tip and Vanessa's use of scent in her car. Go check out their comments. N xxxx