Format Photos, Prints, Drawings
Contributors Bongalis, Mae
Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Dates 1996
Location Naoma
Raleigh County
West Virginia
Language English
Subjects Ethnography
Food Preservation
Harvesting of Fruits and Vegetables
January
Photographs
Walnut, Black (Juglans Nigra)
Winter
Title
Mae Bongalis in her basement bagging black walnuts
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
Genre
Ethnography
Photographs
Notes
-  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.
-  Preservation of black walnuts with Mae Bongalis.
Medium
35 mm Color Slide
Call Number
AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C069-14
Source Collection
Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afccmns.lec06914


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