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Walnuts

Posted by helen 
Walnuts
March 27, 2018 04:53AM
I bought a few bags of walnuts from a farm gate near Queenstown. I assume they are fresh as they had bits of dirt and roughage on them.
I have eaten a couple but found them quite bitter.
My questions are, do they benefit from being left to "dry" out a bit and do they become less bitter or is that just a variety thing?
Re: Walnuts
March 28, 2018 06:01AM
Does the inner skin peel off fairly easily? If it does they are fresh, and I actually love them like that, but have an on going difference of opinion with T (who many years ago won nut of the year!) who says they must be dried on racks for a while. The bitterness does come from that inner skin.
Re: Walnuts
March 29, 2018 05:05PM
> My questions are, do they benefit from being left
> to "dry" out a bit and do they become less bitter
> or is that just a variety thing?

Hello Helen, yes to both. I've found that even well cured walnuts still have a bitter edge to my taste but soaking overnight in a light brine then drying in a dehydrator really improves the flavour.
Re: Walnuts
March 30, 2018 03:57PM
Thanks to you both for answers. I have them in a willow basket in a ventilated space and am turning them regularly. I think they are fresh.
Re: Walnuts
March 30, 2018 05:03PM
I always find Walnuts bitter to my taste and have never liked them for this reason. My parents have a large old walnut tree but I find I'm not keen on either the very fresh ones or bought from the supermarket ready dried. I think its a matter of individual taste.
Re: Walnuts
March 30, 2018 06:49PM
I have found they are only bitter when they have a bright yellow or dark skin after shelling. I throw then out immediately. But generally the creamy or beige coloured walnuts are fine.
Re: Walnuts
April 13, 2018 11:32PM
In my experience, walnuts are not sweet until dried/aired fora week/maybe months after falling. They are milky and bitter when too new...horrible. They should be dry and nutty / sweet when ready. They keep for well over a year hanging in an airing sack or an airy tray. It is worth the wait.
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