Indeed a rare delicacy: local black walnuts. In the nearly 20 years of going to the Union Square green market I dont know that I have ever seen them before. These were at on o f my favorite farms tands Keith Organics (who sells the best racambole garlic) but because they are such a challenge to process they were practically giving them away at 6 for a buck. The skins make a great natural dye (brown) so gloves are needed, and the hard shells require a hammer then once open you need a sharp knife to pry open the flesh....sounds like a lot of work! Guess that's why they are so cheap!
Urbanfoodguy aka Mark Owen Self taught cook with an environmental/political bent. 28 years of cooking experience. I live in Manhattan on the Lower East Side in an apartment with an amazing kitchen thanks to my partner of 21 + years, Neil. In the last 4 years I have focused more and more on food. It started at the same time as I was about to open up my import/retail business LaoLao Handmade. Over these years I have been a private chef, catering and 4 years of Food Styling. I've worked for most of the major food magazines such as : Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. Check out this site for some photos of my work. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network with Bobby Flay and Paula Dean.