MU Extension shares how to harvest black walnuts

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Black walnuts are ready for harvest around the area. They do have an extremely hard outer shell but if you are willing to put in the effort, walnuts are a native delicacy that is well worth your time.


  • Can be picked up after they fall from trees
  • Wear gloves and old clothes, outer husks stains clothes and skin

Removing Outer Husks

  • For personal use, if the outer husk is soft, can remove by hand
  • After the husk is off, dry in a sheltered located for a couple of weeks

Shelling Walnuts

  • Handheld nutcrackers don’t work well
  • Hammer, mallet, or vice grip
  • Freshly shelled walnuts need to dry for a couple of days before storing
  • A freezer is best for long term storage

If you want to sell the walnuts, there are hulling stations around the area and you can sell walnuts for $16 per 100 pounds hulled weight.

For more information, call the University of Missouri Extension office at 417-874-2963 or visit

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