This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A daily paper says: "During the walnut season, while they are fresh and crisp, Queen Victoria has every day on her table a dish of this fruit taken out of the shells and carefully freed from the skins. To prepare this royal dish is a work of skill, for the nuts are expected to appear unbroken and piled up in a white, irregular, but perfect mass. Several girls, with agile fingers, are employed daily in the stillroom of the Castle at Balmoral in preparing the dish of walnuts as required for the royal dessert."