The first time I saw an unhusked black walnut I thought it was an old tennis ball. Now I notice them everywhere. I've been getting a lot of questions locally about how to husk these tough nuts. I've never tried it myself, but I'm told it's not an easy thing to do. I know it's messy, because my squirrels leave stains everywhere.
Steve Nix, About.com's Guide to Forestry, has five old black walnut trees that all together have the potential of producing about 3,000 nuts, so he's cracked a few in his time. Steve has put together a photo how-to on collecting and husking black walnuts. So if you've been puzzling how to get the nut out of the husk, here's your answer.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti