Almost every day I discover something new in Ecuador. For example nuts. ‘Tocte’ or ‘nogal’ ( Juglans neotropica) is the Andean walnut. The tree is growing at high altitudes, it’s quite rare, heading slowly towards extinction. It’s one of the toughest nuts to crack and it has very little edible content inside. The fruit is also used as a natural die for leather. I tested the hardness of the shell by cutting it in two with hacksaw, then crushing few in a large vise, it’s quite hard. The taste is similar to regular walnut, somewhat sweeter. One of those rare treats on the road.