9 thoughts on “Wild hazelnuts

  1. Andrew

    Lovely! We have a hazel at the bottom of the garden but rarely get to pick the nuts have we have some very industrious squirrels who get there first. When we are sitting on the terrace sometimes we get bombed by gnawed open shells discarded from above!

  2. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Hi Fran, no cobnuts yet, I saw some in the shops but they were very dear. Are you planning on making Dan Lepard’s cobnut loaf? it’s a lovely bread.

    @ Andrew – we have two squirrel repellers (Zeb and co) here – we picked the ones in our garden a couple of weeks earlier, from a purple hazel, the nuts sadly are just the same colour as usual. Last year the squirrels planted the nuts everywhere in the garden and we had masses of little trees growing in the spring, which we have lifted and given away.

    Nat, thanks for dropping by :)

  3. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

    Filberts, cob nuts sometimes they are called here too, Heidi. I think ‘filbert’ refers to the longer oval ones, but there are so many species of hazelnut around, even the ones that I picked from different trees looked different. I love them all, guess your father too, but it’s rare to see them in a park. Park = squirrels = no nuts on the trees!

  4. Choclette

    Joanna thank you, you’ve answered my question. I’ve been wondering if it’s too early to pick hazelnuts. I’m so wanting to get to them before the squirrels, but wasn’t sure if they’d be ready yet.

    1. Joanna @ Zeb Bakes Post author

      You’re welcome Choclette! But I am not expert in picking nuts, Brian says you have to wait till they look a little brown. Allens Farm who supply mail order cobnuts, though I have never ordered from them, have more info – they start picking their cobnuts in August and they say they become golden cobnuts end September. Here’s a link to Allens Farm

      and they’ve added a recipe page too! I see chocolate cobnuts there – and don’t forget Dan Lepard’s awesome cobnut bread in the HandMade Loaf, one of my very favourite breads :)

  5. Choclette

    Thanks Jo, will have a look, but I do know commercial cobnuts ripen earlier than wild hazels. I will have to check out those chocolate cobnuts too.

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