Category: Nature Photography
Posted: November 19, 2017



Interior of a Black Walnut

Hahaha, You Cracked Me Up!

by Malmax

Macro - Photography (a) Contest Winner 
The Black walnut is truly a complex nut that can be messy, impossible to crack, and very time consuming but worth it in the end if you really like their flavor. Collecting them can be fun as they fall in late Sept to October. They have a wonderful but messy green outer skin which resembles a tennis ball. The skin can be used to make stain for wood or varnish to produce that beautiful dark deep color. The brown hard nut in the center is then washed and any floaters are discarded as they may have contaminated nut meat. They are then dried for several weeks for the inside meat to cure. Once ready, the easiest way I found to crack them is with a vice which gives you more control, as it is nearly impossible but may also be done with a hammer. The nut meat is then removed and can be refrigerated as saved. I love to bake with Black Walnuts for their unique addition of flavor. When I cracked this one I tried not to go all the way through so you could see the intricate cavities and compartments of the nut. This one is cracked with a quarter of the shell removed, and with the proper orientation to give a nice visual of the interior. It sort of reminds me of the eye sockets in a skull and this one looks like it is laughing with that grinch pointed smile, two eyes and a nose. The nuts have not been removed and were left in for the photo. Hope you enjoy viewing.
Post Type: Photography
Mixed Media: Minor Cropped and sharpened

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