WALNUT GROWING
IN
OREGON

Edited by J. C. Cooper

PUBLISHED BY THE

Passenger Department Oregon Railroad and Navigation Co.
Southern Pacific Company Lines in Oregon
Portland, Oregon

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HISTORY IN BRIEF

The so-called "English" walnut originated in Persia, where it throve for many centuries before it was carried to Europe—to England, Germany, France, Spain and Italy—different varieties adapting themselves to each country. The name "walnut" is of German origin, meaning "foreign nut." The Greeks called it "the Royal nut," and the Romans, "Jupiter's Acorn," and "Jove's Nut," the gods having been supposed to subsist on it.

The great age and size to which the walnut tree will attain has been demonstrated in these European countries: one tree in Norfolk, England, 100 years old, 90 feet high, and with a spread of 120 feet, yields 54,000 nuts a season; another tree, 300 years old, 55 feet high, and having a spread of 125 feet, yields 1,500 pounds each season. In Crimea there is a notable walnut tree 1,000 years old that yields in the neighborhood of 100,000 nuts annually. It is the property of five Tartar families, who subsist largely on its fruit.............................

 

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