In Florence Italy, nocino is also a tradition and the walnuts are harvested on June 24th which is St John the Baptist's day, patron Saint of Florence.
As for using other nuts, or shelled walnuts, the green walnuts stain your hands while working with them and hence give the liquor a wonderful color!
here is my recipe on my site.Nocino recipe at the bottom of the page
I used vodka in the recipe here for those that can't get whole grain which is prefered!
I was recently in California teaching and bought Everclear ( whole grain Alcohol) at Beverages and More.. it was only 75% alcohol, instead of the 95% we get here in Italy, so you can use less simple syrup ... and make it more potent!
Walnuts may ripen earlier in California.. you should be able to easily cut through them with a chefs knife.
Edited by divina, 29 April 2005 - 09:44 AM.