Walnuts are are now a commercial crop in New Zealand but up until recent years they were more of a private use kind of tree. However beginning in the early 1970’s many enthusiasts became interested in them through the Tree Crops Association and the idea of growing walnuts for an income took hold. The New Zealand Walnut Industry Group is a result of dedication to this environmentally sensitive way of producing food. We have a membership of about 80 people, mostly in Canterbury but also in other parts of New Zealand as well. In 2017 a milestone has been reached with the largest grower producing 36 tonnes. Walnut growing in New Zealand has certainly moved on from its humble beginnings.