What Is It?

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From Xplor: September/October 2019
  • This is not the face you see...
  • ...when I am perched up in my tree.
  • You won’t see my owlish eyes ...
  • ...unless you crack my shell just right.

When it falls in the fall, the black walnut is covered in a thick green husk that smells kind of like citrus fruits. After lying on the ground for a while, the husk turns black and rots away, revealing a coarse black shell. It takes a hard whack with a hammer to open the nut. If you crack it just right, you might find what looks like an owl’s face surrounding the sweet nutmeat. Learn more at mdc.mo.gov/field-guide.

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