Liz – Here in Lexington, Kentucky the black walnut has shed most of its leaves and the clumps of mistletoe are visible again in the tree’s upper reaches.
Last month Lea commented on how she had to wear gloves before touching ripened hulls because of the tannin. If you look at Hammons Black Walnuts website you’ll see details of the commercial processing business in the USA for buying and hulling these nuts.
Mike – There has been surprisingly little change in the medlars since last month. Most of the fruit is the same colour and many of the leaves still green. I understand that the fruit should now be picked and left for at least several weeks to ripen (blet) before using. As far as I know the main use for them is to make medlar jelly.
Last month Liz and Hollis asked if birds eat the fruit to which I replied that I don’t know, although it appears that it remains untouched on the trees. Perhaps they wait for them to ripen and fall before doing so.
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Have a good weekend!