Pickled Walnuts

by Edward Daniel
Pickled Walnuts recipe

Pickled Walnuts, infused with a medley of mustard seeds, cardamon, allspice and juniper berries, ginger, chilli and peppercorns.

Get a tasty morsel down your throat and quiver.

Have you ever made Pickled Walnuts?

This dish will oust your belief that vegan food can’t taste this good.

Make this:

  • When its June/July and there are lush walnut trees to forage and your beady eye is keen to try something new
  • When you’ve just been to the farmer’s market laden with fresh green walnuts, you’re ready to experiment with
  • When you’re out in the country and realise there are walnut trees abundant and think to yourself wouldn’t it be lovely to just pick a few green walnuts

Pickled Walnuts was inspired when a friend generously made these for having picked these on her garden. Transfixed, I just wanted to create these myself.

Had another friend visiting and as we were ambling along and discovered a walnut tree in a public spot. Always, one for foraging, I was determined there was another walnut tree nearby and there was.  We handpicked green walnuts first checking no hard shell had formed.

Make sure you wear rubber gloves when you handle green walnuts as the iodine, they release will stain your hands.

Walnut trees are native to England, the Americas and Southern Europe.  Green walnuts are bitter and allowing it to macerate in vinegar laden with spices. As they marinade their astringent taste draws out citrus undertones.  Definitely, a recipe for the books.

Pickled Black Walnuts is vegan, paleo, raw, a condiment and British cuisine.

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Pickled Walnuts recipe
Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 500g green walnuts, freshly picked
  • 1 litre filtered water
  • 100g rock/Himalayan salt
  • For pickle vinegar
  • 1tsp mustard seeds
  • 1tsp peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 1tsp cardamon pods, bruised
  • 1tsp allspice berries
  • ½ tsp cloves of India
  • 5 juniper berries, lightly crushed
  • 3 dried red chillies
  • 1 inch root ginger
  • 600ml wine vinegar
  • You will need for recipe
  • Rubber gloves


  1. Place 50g salt and 500ml water in a mixing bowl. Wearing rubber gloves, lightly prick the walnuts with a cocktail stick and add to the brine.
  2. Cover and leave to stand for about half a week. Drain. Mix another brine using 50g salt and 500m water. Cover and set aside for a further half week./.
  3. Drain, rinse and dry the walnuts. Spread on a baking tray and leave in a sunny place for a couple of days. The walnuts will blacken.
  4. Sterilise jars and pack in the walnuts.
  5. Make the pickle vinegar by heating the remaining ingredients over a medium heat. Bring to boil and pour over the walnuts. Once cold, seal the and store the walnuts in dry cool place for about 2 months before serving.
  6. Serve as a condiment.

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