Backyard Bounty all-Tasmanian Vegie box: 20th April

Nut-bearing trees practiced the storage of food for the lean winter long before humans developed agriculture – whilst they’re actually fruit, unlike soft fruits which are sugar-rich lures to trick animals into eating and thus distributing the seeds contained within, nuts store the energy required for seed-germination as fat. Fat spoils easily, so nuts need a protective shell to ensure that the fats contained are usable when the time comes for germination – however this makes them less tempting to many terrestrial creatures. Creatures like squirrels have evolved strong teeth suited to cracking nuts open, and “cache” nuts to eat later over the winter – nut trees rely on a) squirrels forgetting where they put them, and b) squirrels being eaten and never returning to claim their buried treasure.

Walnuts have been consumed by humans for thousands of years, and we’re very much looking forward to sinking our teeth into this season’s crop (although obviously using a nut-cracker to open them first…) $40 boxes include home-grown walnuts, collected by subscriber Emma’s son and daughter Sam & Grace, who have collected close to 30kg of fallen walnuts from their tree to earn a little spending money, as they’re off to compete for Australia in the world sailing championships in Germany in a couple of months’ time! $30 boxes include walnuts from Coaldale walnuts, our regular supplier – if you’re interested in making like a squirrel and collecting some nuts for winter yourself, Phil & Jane are opening up the farm on the 28th and 29th April for visitors to pick up the last of the walnuts from the ground at the bargain price of only $5/kg. Just don’t forget where you’ve buried them…