Autumn is the time of year when local people collect walnuts. Farmers have always cultivated a few walnut trees to use as a valuable source of food and to supplement their income. We went walnut collecting with our neighbour and must have gathered at least 5 kilos!
Our hands were stained brown by the end of the afternoon after removing the outer casings on some of the walnuts. Walnuts go particularly well in a salad with roquefort cheese and make delicious bread and oil.
Jon made some absolutely delicious walnut and honey soda bread from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s bread book – really worth making, here’s the link: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2007/oct/27/recipes.foodanddrink I made a walnut tart with maple syrup, honey, eggs and a shortcrust pastry using orange juice and zest. Very very rich – there’s still some lurking in the fridge. I’ve just read that walnuts have good cholesterol lowering properties – so they’re not just for Christmas eating!