Parentage: Franquette x Lara
Description: Fernette is a new, French variety that produces large, good quality globular nuts similar to Fernor. Thin shelled for kernel extraction. A good pollinator for other varieties and it's late leafing avoiding spring frost damage. A precocious flowering and late ripening form. Best when eaten fresh when they're fully ripe but can be pickled if the fruits are picked early, during the summer when they're green. A variety that's very suited to the UK climate but ripens slightly later in the Autumn to other varieties.
History: Originates from France.
Walnut Growing Tips: Prefer to be planted in full sun or light shade with a sheltered position with no frost pockets. Will tolerate many soil types but are happier in light, sandy, well-drained soils. Walnuts are difficult to establish in the first year of planting and some die-back in the shoot tips is expected. For pickling, the nuts are best picked in July before the shells are formed. Test with a pin or skewer! Rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids.