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Black Walnuts

There aren’t many crops from which one can harvest five entirely different products. But the black walnut can fill that order.

• If you’re not eating the nutmeat out of hand or in cookies, then you’ve had it in ice cream.

• The shell is tough enough for vendors to sell to auto companies for cleaning precision metal engine parts and as filler for sticks of dynamite.

• The soft, greenish-black hull that surrounds the freshly fallen nut is valuable for fertilizer and making dyes.

• Once the tree is at least 12 inches in diameter, you can tap it for sap from which to make sweet syrup.

• And before the end of the tree’s useful nut-dropping life, its trunk can be milled into more than $10,000 worth of veneer or planks.

Depending on the cultivar and conditions, you’ll have to wait 40 to 80 years from planting to harvest for that high dollar lumber, but the good news is that in the eastern half of the United States, there are many thousands of wild black walnuts already dropping edible, salable nuts every September.

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