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Preserving green walnuts in honey recipe

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Uncover the reasons to forage green walnuts and learn how to preserve them in raw honey

There are no doubts about the nutritionally rich benefits of walnuts that are largely consumed throughout the world. It is good to know that since ancient times people used all parts of the walnut tree (scientific name Juglans regia) for various reasons. In addition to fruits (nuts) it is also the wood, which is of high quality and, moreover, grows relatively quickly. Leaves, kernels and bark are used in healing, cosmetics or hair dyes. 

Few people know that we can also forage green unripped fruits – green walnuts, that possess many medicinal benefits.  They are even sold in a dry form in various food supplements.

green walnut in honey recipe

What are the green walnuts?

Known also as unripened walnuts or wet walnuts are walnuts collected before their maturity of which shell is not developed yet. 

In addition to their delicate taste, they also contain plenty of tannins, antibacterial and antibiotic substances and have a high content of vitamin C. 

When to forage green walnuts?

If you don’t have your own walnut tree you might either walk and find some abandoned walnut tree that doesn’t belong to anybody. Sometimes you can find some green walnuts laying under the tree that has been splashed with the rain. There might be some farms in your neighbourhood that sell green walnuts or let you collect. It is a little investigative task but definitely worth to try.

when to forage green walnuts

Alternatively, there are farms online where you can pre-order and purchase green walnuts.

The time of collection is a relatively short window at the end of June, beginning of July, depending on the weather. Just forage them before the hard shell starts to develop as after it is too late for our project. You can easily detect by pinning a needle or pin into the walnut. if it goes easily through they are fit for our purpose, if not you’re late. Another cognitive sign is that the walnut inside is soft to gooey.

Forage clean green nuts without any defects. The mildew that likes to sit on it is toxic to the touch and starts to grow as soon as the skin breaks up a little. 

Collect the nuts ideally in rubber gloves, because they contain juglone which is a dye that is very difficult to wash. Wear gloves when washing and processing nuts.

Ingredients:

To preserve green walnut in raw honey you will need just two ingredients 

Green walnuts

Raw honey

In this recipe is imperative to use raw honey that contains its own microorganisms and enzymes that can preserve the mixture. Only unprocessed honey is able to ferment the green walnuts without releasing the juglone from its glycoside bonds. The honey also need to be liquid

young green walnuts

Preserving green walnuts in honey recipe

The process of making green walnuts in honey is simple and doesn’t require any specific tools. Just prepare one glass jar, sharp knife and gloves

First Step:

Wash the walnuts thoroughly. Be aware that the green nuts stain. They look white and pretty inside but they produce a liquid that whatever touches stain dark brown including your cutting board. So protect everting you can. Wear protective gloves and old cloth or apron while cutting the green walnuts with a sharp knife in quarters.

cutting green walnuts with sharp knife

Second Step:

Fill the glass jar with walnuts and pour over the raw honey

placing green walnuts into glass jar
pouring raw honey over green walnuts

Third Step:

Close the jar tightly and leave the walnut-honey mixture for at least 2 months in a light spot, but do not expose it to direct sunlight.

Fourth step:

Every week open the lid to let the air which is produced by fermentation go away and stir the mixture

Fifth step:

The honey, as well as walnuts, will darken in colour. The honey-walnut mixture will have syrup consistency as the liquid released from walnuts will dilute the honey.

preserved green walnuts

Sixth Step:

Strain the mixture through the sieve and use the healing syrup by spoon or leave it with nuts and use it as it is.

Use 1 tablespoon every morning or when needed. The taste is a little bit bitter.

Green walnut benefits

Traditionally, walnuts have been known for their lipid profile (presence of omega 3 s – acid which may help to reduce risk of heart disease. In addition, walnuts contain a variety of other bioactive compounds, such as vitamin E (tocopherol) and polyphenols

using green walnuts

Comparison of green walnuts versus matured walnuts in terms of medicinal benefits

This study compared the content of two valuable substances – polyphenols and tocopherols (Vit E) based on their degree of maturity. It has been confirmed that the quantity of polyphenol and its antioxidant activity decreases with a maturity of walnuts. Whereas level of tocopherol increase as the walnuts matured. So unripe nuts possess much stronger antioxidant activity. Most probably the main reason is the presence of green husk that is an excellent source of the polyphenolic compound. 

preserving green walnuts in raw honey recipe

Polyphenols in green walnuts may help decrease inflammation, which is responsible for many chronic diseases.

Their anti-inflammatory properties might help with sore and inflamed throat – mix it with water and use it for gargling your throat

If you suffer sore throat and search for natural remedies this calendula tincture might do the trick.

The green walnuts in honey act as a natural antiparasitics and have therefore worm destroying effect.

green walnut in honey recipe

They also may reduce to the risk of certain cancers, including breast, prostate and colorectal cancers. However, more human studies are needed to confirm this.

Scientists are still uncovering many ways that walnuts’ fiber and plant compounds, including polyphenols, may interact with your gut microbiota and contribute to your health.

Most likely you will hear more about green walnuts in the future as more researchers study their medicinal benefits

Don’t look for excuses and include green walnuts in your diet already.

green walnuts after 6 weeks in raw honey
Can I eat green walnuts in pregnancy?

Walnuts are a potent allergen, moreover with the green husk. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, I would not eat the unripped nuts until you feed yourself again.

What to do with green walnuts?

I suggested 1 recipe with raw honey, however, you can also make candied green nuts that are very popular in Balcan countries,  pickled walnuts in vinegar or make this delicious Italian liqueur called nocino

How long do walnuts in honey last?

If sealed properly and stored in cool and dry place they should last up to 1 year.

Yield: 250 ml

Preserving green walnuts in honey

using green walnuts

Easy way to preserve green walnuts while keeping all their medicinal benefits.

Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 month 11 days 14 hours
Total Time 1 month 11 days 14 hours 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

Instructions

  1. Wash the walnuts thoroughly.
  2. Fill the glass jar with walnuts and pour over the raw honey
  3. Close the jar tightly and leave the walnut-honey mixture for at least 2 months in a light spot, but do not expose it to direct sunlight.
  4. Every week open the lid to let the air which is produced by fermentation go away and stir the mixture
  5. Strain the mixture through the sieve and use the healing syrup by spoon or leave it with nuts and use it as it is.

Notes

Be aware that the green nuts stain. They produce a liquid that whatever touches stain dark brown including your cutting board. So protect everting you can. Wear protective gloves and old cloth or apron.

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Vladka Merva on March 8th, 2020

10 Comments on “Preserving green walnuts in honey recipe”

  1. You need to specify what kink of walnuts you are using. are they English, Black or another kind. By not having the kind of walnut listed in your information, you could have someone injuring themselves. I am very interested in your story with all the pertinent information. Paul

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    • Hi Paul, I have been using English walnuts (Juglans regia) in this recipe but you could use black walnuts (Juglans nigra) as well. The name of tree is listed in the first paragraph of this article. Vladka

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  2. Hi there. Many black walnut trees and excited to make a batch or two For medicinal purposes. Just cannot cut the nut in quarters because it is too hard. Any Clues or ideas. I can shave the green husk but looks to be the entire nut wall and all would be best.? thank you for your service and expertise. Amazing Idea!
    T

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    • Hi Tiffany,
      The time of collection is a relatively short window at the end of June, beginning of July, depending on the weather. Just forage them before the hard shell starts to develop as after it is too late for our project. You can easily detect by pinning a needle or pin into the walnut. if it goes easily through they are fit for our purpose, if not you’re late.

      Reply
  3. Hello! I made this recipe. They have been fermenting for almost 90 days and I notice foam and pressure. I am not familiar with fermentation – Is the foam safe to eat?

    Reply
  4. Last year I waited too long and these didn’t work out.. The newsletter post today is excellent timing. My green walnuts are about the size of a 5cent gumball. Sliced into them no problem (unlike last year). So, giving it a go today with some local raw honey. My hands smell really nice and haven’t stained so it was worth it. Thanks for posting this, can’t wait to try it.

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