While I was planting the English walnut trees, I saw this word I didn't remember seeing when I ordered: grafted. And that gave me pause. Several years ago we purchased an English walnut that died back the first year but then came back. I rejoiced. And then this year it produced its first fruit...three pods of BLACK (not English walnuts). Evidently the tree was grafted into a Black walnut root. Sometimes that happens. Whatever the root of a graft is, if the graft dies for any reason, the plant that grows next will be whatever the original root was. So I'm hoping against hope that these two trees will NOT die and we WILL have English walnuts instead of black walnuts. In case you're wondering what the differences are, this might help:
|Black walnuts fall off the tree with shell intact. Sometime the shell/hull must be broken off with the hammer.|
(I actually ran over some with my car when we were given two bushels.)
|And here is what you get when the shell/hull is removed. These must be broken open with a tight vise or hammer (see the first picture for what one completely open looks like). Black walnuts have a slightly bitter taste.|
|English walnuts are smaller and are supposed to peel open (like pecans do) on the tree when ripe. Inside you'll see this:|
|The nut itself. I think these nuts are great in brownies and cakes (though pecans work okay, too).|
Well, and a trellis for the kiwi vine. Still not sure how I missed that!