After we returned last summer from Italy learning how to make Nocino in a cooking class, we were on the hunt for green walnuts. Unfortunately it was too late in the season and set our sights on summer 2018. Corkys Nuts did not disappoint ... The green walnuts arrived beautiful. Professionally packed. They arrived on time and the quality was outstanding! If you don’t have your own walnut tree this is the best possible choice instead. CHEERS! To Corkys!!!!
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Raw . Gluten Free . Non-GMO . Organic . Vegan . Unpasteurized . California Grown
Our raw & green, unripened walnuts are certified organic by CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers). These gems are used for making a double-batch of Nocino (walnut liqueur), delicious chutneys, and pickling. Their inner shells haven't fully hardened and are still soft allowing the walnut to be completely sliced through. The walnut meat is clear and jelly-like at this time during their growth cycle.
- If using our green walnuts for eating, please select our smaller option as we pick these early so you receive "olive sized" walnuts.
- If you're crafting Nocino, we'll pick when they're a bit larger to maximize walnut flavor/infusion.
NOW OFFERING: Our organic spice kit is now available for making one double-batch of Nocino (5lbs) at just $7! Includes organic juniper berries, organic juniper branch, organic cinnamon sticks, organic cloves, organic vanilla bean, organic coffee beans (fresh strips of orange zest should be acquired locally).
Please note, as Mother Nature ultimately determines when actual harvest happens, the release date posted above is our best "guesstimate". We will let you know via email in the beginning of June how the walnuts are progressing and when we plan to harvest/ship.
HOW TO STORE & USE GREEN WALNUTS
Our organic green walnuts should be opened right away to breathe and used for desired recipe within 24-48hrs of receiving. Please place in refrigerator to maintain freshness during this time prior to usage. Green walnuts may show signs of light oxidation, so you may see a few small dark spots appear on the green outer husk. Rinse with water only and let dry before use.
When making Nocino, they can be cut in half by carefully notching the skin and then tapping it with a cleaver or heavy chef's knife. We recommend using gloves when handling as the tannins from the walnut husk is a natural dye and can stain your skin.
GREEN WALNUTS USES & HISTORY
Today, many people use green walnuts to make Nocino, a traditional Italian liqueur, during the Summer Solstice. Nocino traces its roots to the Celts, and was brought into Italy by monks.
When pickled or candied, walnuts are excellent addition to cold meats and cheeses. During the Sixteenth century, Englishmen and women were using them for jamming and pickling, while in the Middle East they were preserving them in sweetened, aromatic syrups.
Best green walnuts I’ve found in the US. Fresh, good size, great flavor.
Holy sh*t game changer, as I literally cannot get fresh, green, organic walnuts anywhere short of knowing someone with a tree. They looked like jewels, feel oddly satisfying in the hand, and are surprisingly easy to cut. They will stain hands if not wearing gloves (little tip). The whole process of making my Nocino was wildly simple and fun - you could not have made it easier, or foolproof to make this delight!
Loved the Nocino kit. I made this last June and then found out I have celiac. So sad that it will be several years at least before I can try my batch. It smells heavenly. Next time I'm making it with gluten free potato vodka. Such a great idea!!