“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 wonâ€™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 wonâ€™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?