i'm not sure if the season in california is over already--and i missed it yet again--but i've been looking for green walnuts. green walnuts are just immature walnuts that still have their green husk and whose shells haven't hardened. i remember last fall they had almost-green walnuts [the shells were already hardened and the once-green husks were black and moldy yet still attached to the nut] at either the westwood or the culver city farmers' markets. i've been to the culver city and the wednesday & sunday santa monica markets this summer, but i haven't seen any yet. i'm going to check out westwood today hopefully.
would anyone know a source here or even in san francisco or sacramento (i'm thinking of driving up to visit friends there soon)? mail order? friendly farmers who sell to consumers?
i'd like to make vin de noix [about 8 bottles]:
35 green walnuts
6 + 2/3 bottles of dry red wine
1 quart vodka
2.25 # sugar [4.5 cups]
crack walnuts slightly; put in clean glass or ceramic container; add wine, cover, and let stand for 40-50 days.
strain mixture and discard walnuts.
mix sugar and vodka together till sugar dissolves and add to the wine mixture, stirring well.
fill and cork wine bottles (i think there are many online sites w/ detailed instructions about this process)
try to wait a year before trying it out (at least 3 months)! once opened, the bottle will keep in the fridge or a cool place for up to a year.
*alternatively you can combine all the ingredients up front before letting it stand. you can also add a vanilla bean for additional flavoring.
i'm very curious to try this and have been waiting since last summer to find green walnuts. i'm afraid i'll have to wait another year yet again! any information would be greatly appreciated.