This is the time of year to check corylus trees for nuts. I have a red one in the garden, and the squirrels have been taking the ones from the top and kindly burying them in the middle of the lawn amongst other places.
The BBC’s Gardening site says this about the one I have:-
The filbert species, C. maxima. Is an attractive and useful green-leafed shrub or small tree for hedges, with good crops of nuts. The variety usually grown in gardens is this purple form, with opulent deep purple foliage that rivals any other shrub of this shade. The male catkins, suspended from the bare branches before the new spring foliage develops, are reddish-purple with yellow highlights, and an attractive feature in themselves. Unusually for an ornamental variety, the edible nuts (filberts) are produced in good quantities. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
On a walk earlier this week, I checked to see whether last year’s trees had any nuts left and picked two pounds of these ones, some were very ripe and falling out of their husks, others not so ripe. I think they are different varieties of corylus as they vary in size and shape. I am not sure how to distinguish cobnuts or filberts from hazelnuts, I need a botanist! Emily Dev and MariaPaola have both found Turkish Hazelnuts like these near where they live.
These ones had shorter frilier husks than the ones below.
This one has long husks that cover the nut completely so I think it is a filbert type.
I cracked them all yesterday, and ended up with 270 grams of milky white kernels which I have dried lightly in the oven and now have to decide what to do with them. It might be time to make my favourite Dan Lepard grain and cobnut loaf again!
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