Black walnuts, the American cousin of the English walnut, might not be as well-known as other nuts. But they are gaining popularity among those who appreciate their unique flavor and high nutritional value. The McFarland Springs Trout Farm is one such company that uses black walnuts in its products. Here’s everything you need to know about the crop, why McFarland Springs Trout Farm is so excited about it, and how other companies are getting creative with black walnut crops.
The black walnut has had a history of not being held in as high regard as the English walnut.
The black walnut has had a history of not being held in as high regard as the English walnut. In fact, it is still more difficult to process for commercial purposes. The nut itself is smaller and harder than its counterpart, making it more difficult to extract from the husk. However, these challenges have not stopped people from trying to make black walnuts into something they can sell on the market.
In Europe and America, black walnuts are used just like any other type of nut: in baking and cooking recipes or simply eaten whole when they’re ripe enough (about October). They’re also used in jams, ice creams and other sweets made with nuts such as almonds or hazelnuts (Filbert/Hazelnut).
With the advent of mechanized hulling, the black walnut has become more popular.
With the advent of mechanized hulling, the black walnut has become more popular. Black walnut hulling machines are expensive to buy and maintain, which makes them less cost effective than their English walnut counterparts. However, they are capable of processing much larger amounts of nuts per day than human workers can. In addition to being easier to process on a commercial scale, black walnuts also have a higher oil content than English walnuts do (7% versus 4%). The combination of their higher oil content and greater ease in harvesting make them more profitable than their European cousins.
There are a growing number of companies, including smaller ones like McFarland Springs Trout Farm, who are trying out the black walnut.
There are a growing number of companies, including smaller ones like McFarland Springs Trout Farm, who are trying out the black walnut. The farm’s owner, Don McFarland, has been experimenting with black walnuts since he first heard about them several years ago. He planted some trees in his backyard and discovered that they produce a large crop at an early age compared to other varieties like the English or Shagbark.
The farm has been selling the nuts for about three seasons now through its online store at www.mcfarlandspringsfarmtn.com and at local farmers markets around Nashville (they’ll be at the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am-12pm). The nuts can be used as an ingredient in recipes but also as a snack food straight from hand to mouth—a way for people who don’t have time for baking or cooking to still enjoy this unique product!
It’s a wonderful tree from the appearance standpoint, but it also yields a superior crop.
The black walnut tree is a beautiful specimen. From the graceful, spreading crown to the deep brown heartwood and richly colored peeling bark, it’s easy to see why many people are drawn to this tree. But it’s not just a pretty face: this member of the walnut family also provides an excellent crop.
As one would expect from any good nut tree, black walnuts produce an early harvest with high yields. The nuts themselves are large (about 1 inch in diameter) with thin shells that make them easy to crack open. They’re rich in protein and healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids as well as antioxidants that help prevent certain diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular disease. Like all nuts, they’re high calorie so you should watch your portion size if you want to avoid gaining weight!
McFarland Springs Trout Farm and other companies are using black walnuts in their products.
McFarland Springs Trout Farm is a small company that is trying to make black walnuts more popular. They are using black walnuts in their products, such as trout food and dog treats. They have also partnered with other companies to make similar products with black walnuts as well. These companies include Birdsong Brewing Company (for beer), Barkers Natural Pet Products (for pet treats) and Dr. Thacher’s (for face oil).
According to our research, most of the people who buy black walnuts are in the Midwest, have high incomes and large families, and are older customers. You may have noticed that these insights on who buys black walnuts don’t align with how many people describe themselves as “walnut fanatics.” This is because what they say they like doesn’t always align with their purchasing habits—and this is just one example of why it’s important to go beyond what people say in surveys to get an accurate idea of who your customers really are.