hazel nuts

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hazel nuts

Post: #275953 rogdee
Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:35 pm

After going on a foraging walk Friday, August 15, I came across a number of bushes/trees bearing fruit. Not being certain what they were I just took one of each home to check. I believe what have is a hazel nut, but my problem is at what stage do I pick them?

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Re: hazel nuts

Post: #275959 Zech
Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:06 pm

I saw some hazel nuts the other day. I tried cracking one the nut was tiny - not much bigger than an apple pip - but absolutely delicious. I'd say not yet, unless you want to pick a lot of them!
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Re: hazel nuts

Post: #275963 Davie Crockett
Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:48 pm

Wait intil the leaf bract around the nut becomes brown and papery, then they are ripe for picking. (If the squirrels haven't got there first!
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Re: hazel nuts

Post: #275968 rogdee
Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:17 am

Thanks for the info, I've been back to where I found the hazel tree only to find it devoid of any nuts. Where I live there are no squirrels at least no greys although there are small pockets of reds. I noticed there were plenty of the nuts higher up so I imagine that they have been harvested by other folk. So I decided to find more and I did and picked about 1lb but when finally hacking my way into one I found to my dismay that the nut is underdeveloped so I think I and others have picked them too early although they are the same size as shown in the books. Do they mature after harvesting?

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Re: hazel nuts

Post: #275969 Odsox
Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:45 am

rogdee wrote: Do they mature after harvesting?

I'm afraid not, they just shrivel and totally dry up to nothing.
You can tell when they're ready when you can fairly easily extract them from their husks while they are still on the tree.
I don't know where you are but in the south of England most years they are ready from early September onwards.
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