Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600670


     For best color and flavor,  nuts such as black  walnuts
should  be  hulled  soon after  gathering.   If  not  hulled
quickly,  the  bitter fluid secreted in the hulls penetrates
the  nutmeat,  discoloring nuts and impairing flavor.  Also,
leaving  nuts  in  the hull encourages  mold  growth. Gloves
should  be  worn  to  protect  hands from the near-permanent
stain secreted by the hull.                                 

     Once gathered,  freshly fallen nuts must be "cured"  or
dried  before storage as the nutmeats are still quite  moist
and  almost juicy.   Uncured nuts are difficult to crack and
have a "green", bitter taste.                               

     Before drying,  immerse nuts in water and  discard  any
diseased  or  rotten  nuts which float  to  the  top.   This
soaking also removes any accumulation of dirt or insects  on
the shell.                                                  

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