Black Walnuts For Food and Dye
Today I finally gathered some Black Walnuts. I’ve been watching them for weeks now, ever since I got my traps. I never really thought I would get into dyeing things but then when I got my traps, I read online that I should dye them first, with Black Walnut husk.
My friend Jana told me where to find a few trees, but they haven’t been ripe yet until the last couple days. And there has been a wind kicking up lately and so this morning I knew I could grab a bunch off the streets of good ol’ P-town.
Now inside the smushy outer shell lies the inner harder shell, and inside that a nut. Unfortunately I am allergic to nuts, so I just collect them and give them to friends. The outer soft outer shell is what you want for making dye. It will even stain your hands if you get the juice on it. I remove it by stepping on it lightly as to not break the inner nut shell, but to squish off the soft parts between my shoe and the pavement.
After a few minutes the inside oxidizes or something and starts to turn a darker color.
I gathered a few dozen and stacked them side by side.
I separated them and put them on a flat surface (the back on my minivan) to dry out. The more they dry, the more black they begin to appear. And as time goes by, my finger tips turn blacker as well.
I may collect some more in the next couple days. When they have dried I will blog about dyeing the traps so you can see that too. Maybe I’ll dye some of my clothes as well.
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