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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Are these black walnuts?

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RoscoeJJ
Laureldale, PA

September 24, 2013
8:08 AM

Post #9668887

Or not?

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
the Highland Rim of
United States
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2013
8:15 AM

Post #9668894

Yes, they are.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2013
9:25 AM

Post #9668953

I agree with our Good Friend of Volunteer Origin - Juglans nigra indeed.

I would ask RoscoeJJ:

Have you taken a whiff of the foliage, bark/wood, and/or the seeds/husk of the plant in question? If you know what Black Walnut smells like, this will always tell you. If you don't know (yet), now you always will. You won't need leaves or seeds in the future.
RoscoeJJ
Laureldale, PA

September 24, 2013
9:59 AM

Post #9668984

Thanks guys, my next question is when to remove the husk? As you can see, I tried one of them but, it took a knife to do so. And it's tough to remove the husk entirely at this stage. So, shall I leave them as they are in the picture for a certain period of time before de-husking? How shall I proceed?

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RoscoeJJ
Laureldale, PA

September 24, 2013
10:01 AM

Post #9668987

Oh, I did take a whiff and to me, it reminded me of citrus.

ViburnumValley

ViburnumValley
Scott County, KY
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2013
2:17 PM

Post #9669220

What kind of oranges do you eat??????

Typically, with time the exteriors start turning dark brown to black - at which point they are much easier to husk. I think you may have harvested that batch a bit early, unless they had already dropped at that stage. A couple weeks outdoors ought to do the trick (protected from foragers, of course).
RoscoeJJ
Laureldale, PA

September 24, 2013
3:51 PM

Post #9669309

About the citrus smell maybe I'm nuts but, that's what it reminded me of...oranges!
Yes, they were collected from the ground.

Thanks again

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