For the past 7 years I have been watching with great interest the two walnut trees that our closest neighbour managed to grow from seed. In fact we have been watching them together. For 7 years every time I saw her outside we seemed to discuss the current state of the trees and whether they will ever in fact produce any nuts (as I am from "foreign parts" she of course thought I was an expert...). And then this year they finally produced their first nuts! We were so excited - spending hours talking underneath the trees, examining the very first flowers and then the other day she gave me all but about 10 of the walnuts that had fallen to the ground. It turns out that she just wanted the challenge of growing them and has no real use for the nuts so lucky me I got basically all of them. At least I thought I was very lucky until I tried to crack them open. They are small. There is not a lot of nut inside and by the time I get the nut part out they are completely stuffed! I figure that perhaps letting them dry for a month or so may make it more practical to get the flesh out..... I guess time will tell! I would love to hear from anyone with any hints or special walnut cracking abilities!