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Harvesting hazelnuts? Answered

After many fruitless years, our hazel tree is suddenly bearing nuts.

What I want to know is when/how to harvest them, and how do we treat/store the nuts afterwards?

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Downunder35m

Best Answer 2 years ago

We started collecting when the nuts alread turned a bit brown.
Storage like the squirrel does, cool and dark ;)

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Downunder35mKiteman

Answer 2 years ago

Nice!

I know there are little buggers who love those for placing in holes before winter.
But I guess you already found some better use for them ;)

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KitemanDownunder35m

Answer 2 years ago

You know, we don't seem to get squirrels in our garden - they seem to prefer the neighbours' taller trees.

(I have them beside me now, cracking them with my multitool. They taste sooo much nicer than the shop-bought ones that have been in storage for months!)

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Downunder35mKiteman

Answer 2 years ago

We always collected lots of beechnuts as kids, my grandfather would get some walnuts from a friend and last but not least we would spend an afternoon fighting the squirrels for some hazelnuts in the forest.
Whatever survived the losses during cracking and cleaning (don't know why I never wanted dinner or lunch on those days LOL) was used for cakes, bread and then some in storage for the winter snacks.
If I was very lucky my grandmother would use almonds to make marzipan with with dried fruit pieces in it.
Since we often missed out on them she substituted the almonds for the seeds in the peaches, quite similar taste and texture - the poor man's marzipan as she always said LOL

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cerberustugowar

2 years ago

pesky squirrels have got all of ours the past two years. Hopefully you will have better luck. Last batch I got, I ended up toasting the edible nut and then chocolate dipping them. Was delish!

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Kitemaniceng

Answer 2 years ago

I'll bear that in mind...