Photos, Prints, Drawings Mae Bongalis in her basement adding more coal to the stove. The basement is where the cracking of the black walnuts takes place.
Photos, Prints, Drawings
Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Harvesting of Fruits and Vegetables
Walnut, Black (Juglans Nigra)
- Mae Bongalis in her basement adding more coal to the stove. The basement is where the cracking of the black walnuts takes place.
- Contributor Names
- Bongalis, Mae (Depicted)
- Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
- Created / Published
- January 31, 1996
- Subject Headings
- - Winter
- - Harvesting of fruits and vegetables
- - Food preservation
- - January
- - Walnut, black (Juglans nigra)
- - Ethnography
- - Photographs
- - West Virginia -- Raleigh County -- Naoma
- - Black walnut season is marked by the appearance on many porches of coal buckets (as five gallon plastic buckets are called) filled with aromatic green nuts ready to be cured, hulled, and then cracked. The processing of black walnuts lasted well into the winter the year Lyntha and I visited Mae Bongalis at the end of January and found her canning black walnuts in her kitchen. Her son, Shorty, had set up a "walnut cracking station" in the basement, where he spent hours at the laborious work of removing the flavorful nut meats from the notoriously hard shells. Nut cracking and wise cracking went together in that space, which sported a sign: "Wal-nut: Not affiliated with Walmart." Sound recordings in this collection detail a variety of ways to process and consume black walnuts.
- - Event: Preservation of black walnuts with Mae Bongalis.
- 35 mm Color Slide
- Call Number
- AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C069-13
- Source Collection
- Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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