Book IX, Chapter III
Of the walnut trees on the island of Hispaniola.
Translated by Ella Nguyen ’23
In the wild bush, forests, and mountains on this island there are some large walnut trees, which in sight, smell, and shape of leaf, as in fruit, are at first glance like those of Spain, except that the nuts of the trees here are not perfect and they do not release their fruit, nor can it be eaten except in case of dire need; but in the northern land where Pánfilo de Narváez got lost with his people, they have it for a good fruit, and in this northern coast where you can find them, farmers and people who know them says that, if they were to be grafted, they would be perfect walnut trees, as well in fruit as in everything else, because in truth this are wild walnut trees. Their wood is very good.
Image retrieved from the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.