Walnut Trees (Juglans regia)

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When I first came across a walnut tree (Juglans regia) in Mallorca, I couldn’t believe it. I thought that walnuts were native to the eastern Mediterranean and to the Balkans, to Persia, the Himalayas, China and so forth, but hot and sunny Mallorca?

But the walnut tree seems common in Mallorca (nogal in Castellano, noguer in Catalan). I must have seen a few dozen of them by now in various parts of the island. However, I have not yet come across a Mallorcan walnut tree with nuts of a pleasant or a satisfactory taste. Perhaps the tree is grown here mainly for the wood and not for the fruit. The wood is used in Mallorca for fine furniture as well as for rifle and shotgun handles.

Most walnuts sold in the Mallorcan shops seem to be imported from abroad.

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~ by plantarium on August 29, 2009.

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