Sunday, November 18, 2012
Pawnee kernel defects caused by drought
You can find both types of kernels produced by the same tree. Without enough available water this past summer, the tree was unable to completely fill out the kernels of all nuts produced.
I've tasted both normal and darkened kernels and found little difference in flavor. However, the dark blotches can be a big "turn-off" to consumers. If Pawnee had just produced some kernels with less than perfect kernel fill and no color changes, no one would probably notice. Blotchy kernel darkening associated with incomplete nut fill seems to be unique to this year's Pawnee crop.