Heartnuts (Juglans ailantifolia var. cordiformis)

Heartnuts are a cultivar of Japanese Walnuts, they taste just like regular walnuts but they crack out heart shaped nuts from heart shaped shells .. how charming!  I was entertaining friends today and wanted to serve something interesting along with tea.  The nuts I got from last week's field trip to Grimo Nut Nursery were just the perfect idea.  Along with heartnuts I served a pine-nut-cone, native black walnuts, hickory nuts and ultra northern pecans.  They were a huge hit with the guests and of course both seasonal & local :)  Next thing I have to come up with some craft ideas for the lovely shells, I'm thinking Christmas decorations!

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