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  1. We order caviar, Daniel Boulud smoked salmon and John Dory from Browne Trading Company. Great quality and great service at reasonable prices.

    Link: http://www.brownetrading.com/

    1. If somebody knows one that has Black Walnuts, esp if it's in California, I'd love to hear about it. Especially if it sells them in-shell. Yes, I know the shells are practically impossible to crack, it's for a joke gift.

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      1. re: Louise

        Hammonsproducts.com sell black walnuts in the shell. They are very helpful so you can probably get them to sell you less than their standard 5 lb box.

        1. re: PrincessBakesALot

          Hammons also for the chocolate covered black walnuts, the shelled black walnuts for baking, and the black walnut taffy.

        2. re: Louise

          Goodness, I could probably pick up some and send them to you. They grow wild around here and we run over them in the car all the time. I was thinking about picking them up and trying to shell them but someone told me I need to actually pick them off the tree and I have no way to get that high. lol

          1. re: alliedawn_98

            We gather BW all the time, you do not need to pick them off the tree, just gather the ones on the ground with the hard shells on, not the green husks since these are not ready and are wormy. Make sure the walnuts have a little weight to them, this means they are meaty. When you crack them the meat should be dry, if the meat is moist on the fingers they need to dry out longer. Just store them in a cool dry place for a few weeks. Also DO NOT leave them outside where the squirrels can get to them, the little thieves will steal them quicker than you can blink. Don't know where you are located but it is walnut gathering time here in PA! My mother makes a wonderful apple and black walnut cake!

            1. re: kpaumer

              Thanks for the tips! I really thought you could get them off the ground but was told otherwise a few weeks ago. The only ones I've seen are still green. I'm in extreme northeastern Indiana......about 15 miles from Michigan and 25 or so from Ohio.

              I brought in a green one from the ground a week or so ago. I decided to try and see if I could cut it open since I'd never even touched one. lol Of course, that didn't happen. The green rind did smell good to me, kind of citrusy and I was wondering if I could find some way to use it in potpourri or something. Yeah, I get strange ideas in my head, I guess.

              1. re: alliedawn_98

                Not necessarily strange. Nocino (walnut liqueur) is made with green walnuts, though usually english walnuts I think. If you search on the Home Cooking boards or Spirits boards you should find directions. It is too late to make it this season, they are supposed to be very immature and soft all the way through, and the traditional time to make them is late June.

                1. re: Louise

                  Wow, so I'm not crazy after all! I really loved the fragrance of the rind and it made me want something citrusy. I'll definitely do some hunting for recipes and try to remember to try it next spring/summer.

                  Thank you, Louise

              2. re: kpaumer

                One of my earliest memories is of my great-grandmother cracking black walnuts (from the tree in her back yard) using a hammer and an old flatiron. They are absolute hell to pick out of the shells but there is no other nut like them for baking. She used to make brown sugar icebox cookies with black walnuts in them.

                1. re: Querencia

                  Yes, that's probably why you don't see nice halves of black walnuts the way you do with English walnuts, just pieces.

                  It's also why I'm thinking of wrapping up a five pound sledgehammer in a nice ribbon to give alongside the black walnuts in shell.

                  1. re: Louise

                    I like the sledgehammer idea, nice touch Louise.

            2. re: Louise

              NutsOnline has them. Pick up some of their whole, salted sunflower seeds and Turkish Antep pistachios while you are there.

              http://www.nutsonline.com/nuts/walnut...

            3. don't know how obscure this is, cybercucina.com They have a wide variety of items.

              1. Grateful Palate http://gratefulpalate.com/?p=MultiOpt...

                Get the Bacon Peanut Brittle ... it's like freakin crack in a box.

                1. http://www.noramill.com/
                  Great grits and cornmeal; multi-grain cereals, too.