The Walnut season is here in SW France

Walnut trees line the road

Walnut trees line the road

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!

Walnut booty!

Walnut booty!

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.

Walnuts drying in the sun

Walnuts drying in the sun

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!

Fresh walnuts

Fresh walnuts

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