That's good to know, especially for the one's that fall to the ground and immediately get attacked by insects, added protein for the birds.
Anything on getting the walnuts out of the shell, I have in the past gotten to the point of having them cleaned dried and ready to go except taking that shell off...I got frustrated and gave every last one to the squirrels.
I know you can buy nut crackers that work on them, but I do not want to invest in one, unless I know I have a market for the finished product, as of now they are just for my own use, but with 3 huge tree's it would be possible to sell some if I could simplify the process
Those are a tough nut to crack. Cars are good at removing the husk, a vise is decent at cracking. A sledgehammer works, but ruins the meat.
The only common nut trees i'm aware of here are walnut, hickory, butternut. There are some English walnuts people have planned around, too. Oh and american hazelnut.
I really want to try some things with those pears. They should contain a reasonable amount of sugars, that's what I'm after. They may cook down to a decent pear buyer, as well.