Looking around we noticed two more stately and venerable trees on the other side of a chain link fence where there were more cars parked. After Julie started gathering pecans I began to wonder if we were ever going to get back to the festival. I seriously thought she had forgotten about the festival entirely and was now determined to spend as much time gathering nuts as possible. Julie loves getting free food in this way--gleaned from wild plants. She has been known to go nuts gathering autumn olive berries.
|Our total wild fruit and nut score--including a heaping bushel basket of pecans|
We did get back to the festival, but only after spending at least an hour and a half picking and gathering pecans. The husks on the nuts had just begun to open, dumping delicious pecans on the ground. With the help of a stick we were able to knock even more nuts from their shells onto the ground. Some of the neighboring trees were climbable so we climbed up and picked the nuts directly. A man came out to tell us that the parking area was his land and though he didn't mind us gathering the nuts, they wouldn't be any good if we picked them before they opened. It turned out this wasn't true. All the nuts we got turned out to be fine and all of them have been delicious so far.