Walnut Trees

• 15 September 2009

Down here in the Dordogne you find yourself in serious walnut territory! It's easy to find quality hand-pressed walnut oils, walnut tarts, whole walnuts, shelled walnuts, walnut cake, walnut bread and walnut salad. It's fun to add a new ingredient to my repertoire...I'm really enjoying the flavors.

Until we arrived here, I'd never seen a walnut grove before, let alone a walnut tree. I had no idea what they looked like if you can believe it! In case any of you are in the same boat and curious, I want to share a few images here. Oh, and I asked a grower how they harvest the walnuts and he replied that they utilize the uber-modern technique of shaking the tree branches with a stick :)


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