you see, that dear friend who brought me the first cone decided that he could get his hands on a fresher ones and dropped one off after church on sunday ... why not see if this works? up to the challenge? heck yeah! <g>
it was significantly smaller than the last one .... and if i must say .... significantly tougher! had to get hubby to do this one .... and he had to get two chisels and wedge them in and push them apart to get the nut split.
|the mammoth effort!|
so we cracked one raw .... wanted to make sure it was good. and if you have been wondering about a size comparison .... check this out. a macadamia nut unshelled and a bunya nut .... shelled. ate this ... had a bit of a fibrous texture ... but was otherwise ok.
|woa! that's a big sucker!|
|the nuts, cooked.|
|cooked, slimy nuts in a pile. the one off to the bottom right|
on the blue towel has had the slime removed (impossible
to get traction to open otherwise. and the bowl has
the successfully shelled nuts in it!
what do they taste like? waxy texture with a chestnut / potato starch nutty flavour. i can see how they could sit around a campfire and eat these (another way to soften the shells, drop them in the fire and wait until they pop!) .... they are certainly meaty enuf!
and a picture tells the story. roasted about a dozen of them and made a basil, garlic, lemon, parmesean and bunya nut pesto .... and i reckon the verdict is really good!