It’s the best time of year to harvest Hazelnuts or Cobnuts as they are sometimes called. Hazel trees are so versatile … you get the benefit of the nuts at this time of the year and then get to harvest some long straight sticks as supports for next years flower garden. By the time you get to the following Spring any sticks you’ve removed will have grow back twice as strong.
We’re lucky at Fieldview as we inherited a well stocked hedge of hazel trees. Walking around the garden earlier today we managed to gather literally hundreds before the squirrels had their fill. They won’t starve that’s for sure!
Cobnuts are so sweet at this time of the year as they’ve just turned brown and are at their peak. We’re planning to use the nuts in a home made biscuit recipe, as well as a tasty addition to morning cereal. Other uses include as a nutty addition to salads as well as a tasty treat for Christmas time.