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Types of black walnuts?

mbrowne's picture
mbrowne

Types of black walnuts?

I guess there are different types of black walnuts.  I would like to find a bulk source for the strong-flavored kind that "Diamond" has.  I recently tried some local "california black walnuts"  but was disappointed at how bland they were.  I'm guessing the full flavored ones come from the Eastern US?  Thanks for any help.

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Frequent Flyer

I have some Hammons brand on hand just because I couldn't find black walnuts in the local stores.  Their site has a locator for hulling locations near your zipcode.  Might be worth a try. 

http://www.hammonsproducts.com/hulling_locations.asp?ie_key=93C05F0CFFEB418EBA8D5B2606A7DDBA

FF

 

mbrowne's picture
mbrowne

Thanks for that.  No locations, but shipping doesn't look too bad. 

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Chuck

Yep, according to Wikipedia the "eastern black walnut" and the "California black walnut" are different species, and the degree of genetic relatedness is still a matter of some debate. The eastern black walnut is a tree, widely distributed in eastern (and even central) parts of north america. The California black walnut on the other hand is a large-shrub/small-tree found almost exclusively in southern California.

However, low cost and easy availability may give precedence to the California black walnut for you. If so, try toasting and/or salting them  --which is simple and quick--  to see if you like that taste better. Toasting often changes the flavor of nuts significantly.