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Old 24.09.2011, 23:15
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Well today, I went tree-climbing and basically tossed down loads of walnuts, some were still in their green cover, some were exposed and others had already fallen to the ground. I plan on using all of them for munching by themselves and baking some sweet goodies.

I just want to make sure that I can use them all. I will wait and see. Can they go bad inside their shell?

(P.S. poptart - I've got the "raging German" as a gf so I can empathize!)
Just let them dry until they turn black and only handle them with latex gloves. When you start to shuck and hull them (god, such memories as it was a big annual thing with my family) you'll have to control yourself to keep from eating them all. Is there a place for good walnut picking around Zurich? Seriously, I'd love to go pick some (if it's not a local secret)

Yes, they can go bad inside the shell, but that takes a year or two. Just let them dry up until they go black and you should be set.

And I'd prepare you for what you're in for with the gf but...enjoy as, in spite of the crazy, they're good people.

And I'll send along the recipe in the morning...am tired after a long day out ATM.
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Old 25.09.2011, 00:24
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yes, those chestnuts are edible - excellent - make a small slit in the skin and roast them over embers in a bbq tray. To get them out of the spiky shell, just step on them gently with your shoe and they will pop out.
Best to wait till walnuts are on the ground- then peel the black outer skin - WEAR PLASTIC gloves, they stain terribly. You can crack and eat fresh- but they will taste even better after a couple of months. No chestnuts or walnuts up here- we are just too high - they don't grow above about 500m. Loads of hazelnuts though.
Is that true, I thougt I saw a walnut tree t'other day, but I'm highly than 500m... but it could have possibly been what mploymi saw... I'm sorry if I sound a bit silly but are they Marrons? (I'm just learning about these foraging ways...) I'm from the city you see... never had fun with things like this when I was young!
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Old 25.09.2011, 00:28
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Re: Recipes with hazelnuts/walnuts

Loads of horse chestnuts at higher altitude- same family, very similar- but the proper chestnuts are edible, and the horse-chestnut are not, sadly. confusing thing is that in Romandie they are both called 'marrons'- marrons d'Inde are horse chestnuts, and the name for the edible ones is also 'chataignes'. In France, to confuse you even more, the chestnuts which are candied are called 'marrons glacÚs'.

Do a Google for marron d'Inde - to see the difference.
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Old 25.09.2011, 00:36
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Any other chestnut ideas? Something sweet?
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Old 25.09.2011, 00:52
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Loads of horse chestnuts at higher altitude- same family, very similar- but the proper chestnuts are edible, and the horse-chestnut are not, sadly. confusing thing is that in Romandie they are both called 'marrons'- marrons d'Inde are horse chestnuts, and the name for the edible ones is also 'chataignes'. In France, to confuse you even more, the chestnuts which are candied are called 'marrons glacÚs'.

Do a Google for marron d'Inde - to see the difference.
I actually don't think I'll pick them - I'm not a huge fan of them (if they are the edible marrons). I can tell the difference between the edible and the non-edible, I think - cos horse-chestnuts are conkers... right?
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I actually don't think I'll pick them - I'm not a huge fan of them (if they are the edible marrons). I can tell the difference between the edible and the non-edible, I think - cos horse-chestnuts are conkers... right?
If the shells are REALLY sharp, like prickers, then they're the ones I've seen today and are edible.

These are the non-edible ones (if I'm not mistaken):

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Old 25.09.2011, 00:56
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Any good/unique ideas???
I have no objection against hazelnuts, but that obsession with hazelnuts which started in the late 1950ies and has gone on ever since, to me is simply evil. It goes as far as trying to sell "Italian salad sauce" with nuts oil instead of olive oil !

And the hazelnut mania everywhere is the plague
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I have no objection against hazelnuts, but that obsession with hazelnuts which started in the late 1950ies and has gone on ever since, to me is simply evil. It goes as far as trying to sell "Italian salad sauce" with nuts oil instead of olive oil !

And the hazelnut mania everywhere is the plague
You're in the wrong thread then
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Old 25.09.2011, 01:02
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If the shells are REALLY sharp, like prickers, then they're the ones I've seen today and are edible.

These are the non-edible ones (if I'm not mistaken):

Yeah, they're conkers!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conkers
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Old 25.09.2011, 01:05
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You're in the wrong thread then
Not really, no. As it above shows "with hazelnuts/walnuts"
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On a related side note, we found a chestnut tree that looked like this?



Are these also edible??
Yes The called marroni.Glazed marroni in red cabbage I go Nut`s
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Old 25.09.2011, 02:17
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I'm not such a fan of walnuts outside of a top carrot cake but for your hazelnuts:

Toast the hazelnuts and while still warm blend with a little vegetable oil to make hazelnut butter. Spread on rye toast with a little honey.

Also make hazelnut marzipan. Blend an egg and a yolk with a half kilo of hazelnuts, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Roll out and dust with icing sugar. Coat some with 100% cocoa chocolate (Valrona if you can get it).
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I actually don't think I'll pick them - I'm not a huge fan of them (if they are the edible marrons). I can tell the difference between the edible and the non-edible, I think - cos horse-chestnuts are conkers... right?
Horse chestnuts (Ross-Kastanien) here



with the Marroni (Edel-Kastanien) here




and here the way I love them :



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Also make hazelnut marzipan. Blend an egg and a yolk with a half kilo of hazelnuts, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Roll out and dust with icing sugar. Coat some with 100% cocoa chocolate (Valrona if you can get it).
That's the one!

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Re: Recipes with hazelnuts/walnuts

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is the skin still on - green or black? I'd leave them for a while then try - but they might be not quite ready. the taste will tell you. Some people pick immature walnuts, totally green and still soft inside, around July, then pickle them- but I've never tried. Once the shell has hardened inside the outer skin, it is too late to pickle.
It's too late for this year's crop, but in the past I've pickled green walnuts, complete with the shells, and they are beautiful with the Christmas turkey.
You pickle them just as you would pickle onions, in vinegar with spices.
As you say, Odile, they are at their best in July.
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