“Hazel nuts can be eaten raw, or roasted in the oven, at 180 C for 30 min., with oil and salt to taste. Dry roasted hazel nuts can be ground into a powder to thicken sauces or mixed with flour in baking.
Getting enough hazel nuts to make it worthwhile, however, can be a task. Be on the look out for them in late August. They will be ripe by then and won’t last on the bushes for long. Squirrels love hazel nuts and will cut them off the bushes, sometimes before they ripen, to store away for winter. Unless there is a very heavy crop of nuts on the bushes, there usually won’t be enough for people to share in the harvest. And when you collect some, you still have to shell them, too. Yes, wild food means work!”
See In the Garden – Nuts in the garden in Manitoba.Nuts are good food and I love the taste and texture. One of my goals is to grow plenty in my yard so I don’t have to compete with squirrels and bears out in the forest. Well, that’s the plan… 😉
One of the advantages of my future electric car is that I won’t have to justify the expense nor compete for the gas-guzzler to spend a day or two in the bush picking nuts. I can just jump in my fully charged EV and return from places I knew as a boy. That old homestead is in range. The last few miles are gravel but it should be safe driven at below city-speeds. I could set out early before traffic becomes heavy and return late after the rush of commuters. 12h or so of picking nuts should just about fill the car… Then I can spend a few days husking, sorting, cracking and roasting them. Perhaps I’ll plant a few in the yard. Why not?