Monday, November 8, 2010

Les Landes Basses ...

... le Moulin à Huile de Noix / the Walnut-oil Mill (15th century) ...

... In 1985 André Castagné bought an old mill about to be
dismantled and destroyed. Together with his son Jean-Luc
he installed it on his land, in a 15th century building,
and rebuilt it to its original form ...

source: moulinhuiledenoix.eu
  
... photo credits: postcard ...
  
... a millstone crushes the kernels ...
source: moulinhuiledenoix.eu - photo-credits: postcard

  
... André Castagné and the rebuilt old mill  ...
  
... the ground walnut kernels are then roasted in cast-iron kettles ...
... photo credits: postcard ...
     
... an hydraulic press extracts the walnut oil ...
  
... walnut oil is made with nut kernels: An average of 5 kg
 of whole walnuts is needed to produce 2 kg of kernels,
which in turn will give 1 litre of walnut oil ...
source: moulinhuiledenoix.eu
- photo-credits: postcard
   
... the walnut residue is turned into a cake-like material
 that is used as cattle feed ...
  
... the products of the walnut-oil mill ...
photo-credits: postcard
   
... vin de noix / walnut wine aperitif from Quercy ...
In his cellars Jean-Luc prepares a drink made of  red
 country wine, green crushed nuts (harvested in late June),
spices and alcohol, which is called the 'Saint-Jean'.
This drink is, of course, served at the ferme auberge
with a few walnuts ...
source: moulinhuiledenoix.eu

Le Moulin à Huile de Noix / walnut-oil mill ... (EN-FR-DE)
by moulinhuiledenoix.eu - official site
 ... this walnut-oil mill is worked by the Castagné family,
who are farmers and walnut-producers...

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