Picking your own walnuts and chestnuts is a fun activity for the family or just the opportunity to find fresh high quality nuts for eating or cooking. There are two seasons for walnuts. The green walnut season is in December and some properties are open, so you can use this special product for your own favourite family recipes. During the main season in autumn at both Mt Irvine and Mt Wilson, several properties open during March and April each year for mature ripe walnuts and chestnuts and they invite people to visit and pick their own nuts.
So, come and pick your own walnuts and chestnuts. There are established nut orchards with large, good quality, fresh chestnuts and walnuts. Chestnuts need gloves to pick up the spiky shells which have fallen to the ground, and break them open to get the chestnuts. Walnuts are just picked from the ground.
Drive around the villages and look for signs outside properties where you can pick nuts. Some properties are regulars each season and other properties advertise only when they have nuts available for picking.
The regular properties open each season are listed below. It is a good idea to call first and check when they are open.
247 Mt Irvine Rd, Mt Irvine Ph: 02 4756 2136
Open from early March until mid April 7 days a week including all public holidays 9am-4pm. For details on the season's progress go to www.kookootonga.com.au
22 Danes Way, Mt Irvine Ph: 02 4756 2191
The season is short! We open from 9 am - 4pm on weekends plus public holdiays from early March until mid-late April.
2-10 Davies Lane, Mt Wilson Ph: 02 4756 2035
Weekends only from 9.00 am - 4.00 pm, generally from mid-March to mid-April
52 The Avenue, Mt Wilson Ph: 02 4756 2008 or 0418 676 468
Chestnuts available from mid April to mid May. Gloves and buckets supplied.