Monday, April 6, 2009

nut nostalgia


When I walked down to the creek Sunday afternoon I took Stony with me, on a flexi-lead. I kept him from eating any hickory nutshells that the squirrels discarded, and I picked up one butternut and put it in my pocket. The nutcracker and nut picks are in a box somewhere, so I used pliers and the point of a knife to get most of the meat out. It was just as sweet and buttery as the ones from my childhood.

6 comments:

  1. I don't recall ever tasting a butternut....

    Sounds yummy!

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  2. They taste a lot like hazelnuts, only sweeter. Because you never find more than a handful at most, they have that special flavor that only "not enough" can give.
    I looked in my tree book and it says "Distribution: New Brunswick through southern Quebec and Ontario, to eastern South Dakota; south to eastern Arkansas in the west and northern Georgia in the east." So since they're not commercially produced as far as I know, I don't think you would have tasted one, Bag Lady.

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  3. I'd never even heard of a butternut! Sounds wonderful though.

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  4. You're so lucky to have nuts growing right there! I haven't heard of a butternut, but it sounds good! I love hazelnuts, so, I would love them, I'm sure!

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  5. We have hazelnuts growing on our cattle lease, but they usually disappear quickly - the squirrels love them!

    You'll have to mail me some so I can do a taste test!! (hahahahaha)

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